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Currently – April 2017

Currently – April 2017

I am currently…

Accomplishing:  unpacking some boxes.  We’ve been in our house two and half years!  Oy!  Some of boxes are full of decorating-type things that I didn’t use when we first moved in.  Now I have the itch to change things up, so it’s a good time to sort through those items.  Other boxes are full of stuff we dragged from house to house during our Air Force career.  I need to just.  get.  rid.  of.  them.

Feeling:  excited!  We’re getting ready for our trip to Alaska!

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Springerize Your Wardrobe

Springerize Your Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, and I’m pretty excited about it!  Autumn fashion rocks my world.  It rocks my world for MONTHS since I live in Coastal Georgia.  (No winter here!)

Now it’s time to change things up.  We’ll have highs in the 80s all week, so it’s DEFINITELY time to change things up in a springtime direction!

My spring wardrobe could benefit from just a little updating.  Know what I mean?  I finally got a good handle on my wardrobe a couple of years ago with the Get Your Pretty On Style Challenges.  I learned how to shop wisely and how to put together multiple outfits from just a few pieces of clothing.  And it was FUN, y’all! 

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Springtime Fun List!

Springtime Fun List!

It’s time for some springtime fun, y’all!  I’m linking up with some lovely ladies to share our bucket lists for spring. I’m calling mine a Springtime Fun List!  Yay!

Spring sprung around here (Coastal Georgia) weeks ago, so I *might* have taken just a teensy-weensy head start!  Behold my list of spring wonderfulness goals!

  • Go to the beach at least twice.
  • Try two new restaurants in downtown Savannah.
  • Go to Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Take a trip to Alaska.
  • Buy a new Easter dress.
  • Get a new, official (professional) picture of Gene and me.
  • Focus on Easter by observing Lent.
  • Make and put up some springtime decorations in the house.
  • Go kayaking in a new location.
  • Write at least one REAL letter or note to a friend each week.

I bet you can’t tell which ones I *might* have done/started early!  I’ll post updates as I work through the list, so pop back in often to follow along

I’m eager to see what the other ladies are planning to do.  Here are their links so we can ALL get some good ideas for things to do this season.

Leslie at Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After.

Dani at Family.Love.Inspiration.

Tamara at My Retirement Project.

Whitney at Whitney à la Mode.

Ashley at Perks of Ponder.

Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day.

Do YOU have a springtime fun list?  Or if not an official list, what are some things you’d like to do over the next few weeks?  Please share them with me in the comment section below!  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

My happy meter is pretty much pegged out these days, and I thought I would share a few happy things with you guys today!

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1.  We’re camping this weekend!  It’s our first time out this year, and we were READY!  We stayed pretty close to home and don’t have a lot of stuff planned. Maybe a short hike tomorrow. Lots of relaaaaaxing is the primary goal!

 

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2. I recently purchased this awesome, custom necklace from my local Plunder consultant!  I just love it!  It makes me really happy!

 

3.  Gene and I are going to the insanely crazy  St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah next week!  Yikes!  I’m equally excited and terrified!  We purchased tickets from the Savannah Theatre, so we’ll have reserved seats, security, bathrooms, and lots of food.  Hopefully it’ll be a fun experience. Stay tuned!

 

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4.  I’m gearing up for my first homeschool convention of the season!  I’ll be representing Sonlight Curriculum at the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) Convention next month. My team and I are excited to get back in our NEW, BEAUTIFUL booth and talk to families about homeschooling with Sonlight!

5.  We’re getting details nailed down for our trip to Alaska in May!  I’ll be working at three homeschool conventions there and then we’ll get to see our son!  He’s stationed there with the Air Force, and I just can’t wait to see him and explore Alaska together!

Add to this list a visit from my oldest niece (#gabfest #shopping), the new Beauty and the Beast movie, flowers blooming everywhere, gorgeous weather, all kinds of great stuff happening at our church, getting to know new friends, a great Bible study for Lent…the list goes on and on!  I thank God for these opportunities!

What’s something happy going on with YOU today?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I’ll be happy to be happy with you!

Kayaking Season Begins!

Kayaking Season Begins!

Last Saturday Gene and I hit the water again, and it was only FEBRUARY, y’all!  What what?!?  The weather here in Coastal Georgia is always…interesting.  But if February wants to hand us temps around 80, we’re going kayaking!

We paddled at George L. Smith State Park last summer and LOVED it!  I nearly had a heat stroke, but I also got some great photos!  You can see those here.  This time the pond looked a lot different because it’s winter (in name only).

I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking!

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Both the cypress and tupelo trees are deciduous, so they’re looking pretty bare right now. Give them a few weeks and they’ll look totally different!

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The tannic acid from the cypress trees turns the water into a mirror! A couple of times I turned a corner and had a moment of vertigo! For a second or two my brain couldn’t figure out which way was up!

 

We sure did have a good time, and we’re looking forward to getting back out there before the heat gets dangerous!

Do YOU like to kayak?  Do cypress trees (or swamps) creep you out?!?  What are YOUR favorite state parks?  Leave me a comment, and let’s chat!

Currently – March 2017

Currently – March 2017

HOORAY for the monthly Currently link up!  Currently I am…

 

Photo from Face Off website.

WATCHING:  Face Off on the SyFy channel.  I’ve watched several seasons of this show and really enjoy it!  Each week the artists have different movie makeup challenges; they create everything from aliens to monsters to snow queens!

 

EATING:  Strawberries!  They’re in season, and I’m a happy girl.  I buy them year ’round, but I like the prices this time of year!

 

SAYING:  “Where’s the sunscreen?” and “When are we going camping?”  We’re pushing 90 degrees today, y’all!  We have to get out there and have some fun before the REAL heat arrives!

 

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WEARING:  The awesome happy camper cap my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day!  YAY!!!

 

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POSTING:  This photo from our recent paddle at George L. Smith State Park near Metter, Georgia.  I asked my sweet man to pretty please snag a few pictures of me while we were on the water.  He did well!!!  I rushed this baby straight to Instagram where my outdoor peeps showed it a little love!  (I’m @outandback.live if you’d like to follow me!)   HERE are more photos from this paddle!

Now it’s time for a big shout out to the hosts of this here link up, Anne and Carrie!  Be sure to pop over to their blogs to see what they’re CURRENTLY up to!  And Leslie’s blog!  She’s a great story teller, so you don’t want to miss hers!

What are YOU currently watching, eating, saying, wearing, and posting?!?  Link up on Anne’s blog or leave me a comment!  I LOVE hearing from folks!  #extrovert #talktome

Favorite Almost-Springtime Fashion

Favorite Almost-Springtime Fashion

Let’s talk fashion today!  I want to share two fun outfits I’ve worn lately, but FIRST I want to share one of my favorite things with you!

Get Your Pretty On is now offering a PERFECT wardrobe capsule for only $29!!!  I’m really excited about it!  If you’re wanting some basic wardrobe direction, this is where you want to start.  The seasonal challenges all build off of the basics in this one!

It’s called the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder.  It provides you a list of 20 clothing items for you to gather.  You probably have a lot of them already, so shop your closet first and THEN go shopping to fill in any gaps.  You’ll also receive 20 days of outfits using those 20 pieces of clothing.  You won’t have to figure out what to wear; it’s all there for you!

(I want to say that this is a great wardrobe builder for ANY woman, not just stay at home moms!)

I discovered these style challenges a couple of years ago when I was REALLY struggling with how to dress this 40-something-year-old body of mine.  I didn’t want to look too young and I sure didn’t want to look too old!  The GYPO wardrobe challenges taught me how to shop well and how to coordinate great outfits from basic pieces and maybe a few special, pn-trend items.

The challenges gave me a LOT more confidence in shopping and looking trendy AND age appropriate.  I now refuse to buy anything if I can’t style it in at least three different outfits. Turns out that spending a little money on challenges like this one has SAVED me a lot of money!

So hurry and sign up for this wardrobe builder!  I know you’ll be pleased with it!   The signup for this ends in a few days, so check it out right now!

Here are a couple of outfits I’ve styled lately, all thanks to what I learned from Get Your Pretty On!

 

This is a swing dress from Old Navy worn over a sweet pair of LuLaRoe leggings.  To finish the outfit off I added an olive scarf and a pair of ankle boots.  (The olive and blue tie into the pattern on the leggings.)

This is another really basic outfit.  A pair of olive corduroy jeans with a striped swing top and a cardigan.  Add in a fun scarf (I love pattern mixing!) and boots, and voila!  One of my favorite winter outfits!  (The scarf ties together the colors in the jeans, shirt, and cardigan.)

If you’re interested in a more extensive wardrobe planner, check this out!  It’ll set you up for the rest of the year!  Four seasonal wardrobe planners for the price of three!  Annual Membership

Thanks for stopping by today!

For legal reasons I’ll mention that the links in this post are affiliate links.  If you purchase a wardrobe planner,  I’ll make a small commission.
Currently – February 2017

Currently – February 2017

It’s time to link up with Anne from In Residence and Erin from Teal & Polka Dots for Currently!  I love seeing what others are up to!  The “assigned” topics change each month, and that’s always fun too.  Tell us what YOU are currently packing, jonesing, texting, reading, and hearting by linking up or leaving a comment!  (I love comments!  Comments are my favorite!)

Here we go!  I am currently…

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Packing:  tasks into my bullet journal (BJ).  During January I ended up using my BJ more as a regular diary than as an organizer.  I missed my lists!  LOL!  I’ve moved my To Do lists off the kitchen whiteboard and back in my BJ where they belong.  *happy sigh*

 

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Jonesing Craving:  a camping trip.  Winter weather here in Georgia is just about PERFECT for camping, and we NEED to get back out there!  It’s going to happen soon!  (We hope!)

 

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Texting:  travel ideas to my husband and (grown) kids.  We’re planning a trip to ALASKA!!!  Our son is stationed up there, and we’re looking forward to seeing him as well as exploring that beautiful state.

 

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Reading:  The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them by Elaine N. Aron.  I’m just getting started on this book, but, MAN!  I wish I had had this information years ago!

 

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Hearting:  ALL the Valentine stuff on Pinterest!  I mean, really!  It’s a happy, happy rabbit hole!  These are super cute, but the simple paper garland (above) is far more likely to happen.

I’m excited about February, and this Currently post was a fun way to start it off!  Y’all have a great month, and don’t forget to chime in with some comments!

 

 

Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Wow.  Life has been pretty nuts the last few weeks, and I’ve not done a lot of writing/posting.  A big reason for that is because my heart has been weary.

My grandmother passed away unexpectedly the first week of January. As I rushed to the emergency room and then spent a day or two (it seemed like weeks) at the hospice center, I thought back on my memories of Grandma.

Grandma used to take me to town with her sometimes when I was little. We’d go to Pic N’ Save, and she’d always buy me a little something.  Usually it was a new nightgown, seems like.  I distinctly remember getting chicken boxes at Chic-King.  That’s where I learned to love fried chicken livers!

And then there’s midnight popcorn!  All the cousins gathered at Grandma’s house for a sleepover, and she made midnight popcorn for us.  The way I remember it, the first time really WAS at midnight, but at a later sleepover(s), I think the popcorn came before midnight!  I’m surprised my younger cousins remember midnight popcorn, but they do!

Happy memories!  And lots of them!

Here’s what I really want to say today:

  1.  Treasure your family.  Savor your time with them.
  2. When you feel prompted to do something, do it.

Here’s why I want to say that:

I was off work the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and I felt prompted by God to go see my grandmother on that Wednesday. I invited my daughter to go with me since she was off work that day too, and she decided to ride along.

We drove the hour or so to Grandma’s house and went to lunch with her and my mom.  Four generations sharing a meal at the Western Sizzlin’ was a beautiful thing!

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Eight days after we had this time together, Grandma passed away.  She’s with the Lord now, and we rejoice for that!  And we mourn. We miss her.

You can imagine how very, very thankful I am for that prompting from God. I’m thankful Cassandra and I decided to following that prompting. And I’m thankful we took a picture!  What blessed gifts!

During the death of Grandma and additional heartbreaking situations we faced last month, God encouraged us every step of the way.  He is faithful.

Happy memories. Laughs even while we grieve. Hugs from friends and family. Prayer cover from those who love us.  Phone calls and notes from our church family. Kitty snuggles. Campfires in the backyard. Blessings all.

To God alone be the glory.