“Of all the things you wear…”


“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.”
― Janet Lane

“Happiness is…” Quote

On the Road

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”
― Margaret Lee Runbeck

Artist Quote

kids food paint

“Every artist was first an amateur.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forgiveness Quote


“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.”
– Harriet Nelson

10 Fun Facebook Statuses



Here are 10 fun Facebook statuses that my friends have had this week.  They made me smile so I thought I would share them with you and hopefully they’ll brighten your day a bit too!


– Judge your worth and value by what God says about you in His Word, not by how somebody else treats you. (Ephesians 2:4-10)


– Quitting Facebook is the new, adult version of running away from home. We all know you’re doing it for attention and we all know that you’ll be back.


– Shaelynn has been putting stickers all over my belly today…”for the baby” she says. 😉


– I’m getting so old!!!!! I’m going to go find some ash and rub it on my face. Then I guess I’ll rent something. Does anyone know a good sathcloth store? {This is a reference to how, in Bible times, people would publicly display extreme remorse or repentance or grief.}


– If you emphasize the po in police, they’re probably already after you.


– Well, huh. Apparently the man with all the answers to all our problems is here in the waiting room with me. On his phone sharing the answers with the wing man.


– It’s a good day to adapt and overcome.


– Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 Let’s think *right* today!!


– When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin.  It works not because it settles the question for you but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.


– Women in this country desperately need to know God’s desires for them. Only in following in His ways will they come to discover incorruptible beauty in which He desires to re-create them.

Secret Santa Shopping at JCPenney


Recently I was asked to participate in the coolest blogger Secret Santa Campaign!!!  It was hosted by JCPenney and Mom Central.  Bloggers were first asked to chose a few favorite items or categories from the JCPenney website and tell Mom Central.  From there they paired us up and gave our blogger “Santa” t


he option to choose one of our items or an item of their own!  How fun is that?


Just in case my blogger is reading, I can’t tell you who she is but I can tell you I had an awesome time shopping for her!  She gave me the option to choose between several household items and I think I found the perfect gift…and a good deal on it!  By the way, JCPenney has great deals in just about every department this year.  I’ve found great deals on mini Pillow Pets, purses, grilling utensils, and pajamas.


Okay, so it’s nothing new to report that JCPenney has great deals on things but I haven’t told you the coolest part yet.  They now have Santa Tags!!!  It’s a QR tag (those square black and white boxes you scan with your phone)!  You can personalize your gift by leaving a message for your loved one to hear once they receive it.  I think this is an incredible idea for family members that live too far away to visit every Christmas, friends that live out of state, and for anyone really.  These Santa Tags are a super sweet addition to any gift.


Recording my Santa Tag message was incredibly simple.  I just scanned the tag with my smart phone and a moment later JCPenney called my phone.  An automated machine prompted me to leave my message.   I had up to a minute to say my name, why I chose the gift I did, and to wish them a Merry Christmas.   It was very easy and fun!  I was worried I wouldn’t have the option to rerecord if I stumbled over my words but that wasn’t a problem, I had the option to rerecord over if I chose to.  If your cell doesn’t have these capabilities but you want to send a message to someone that has a smart phone, you can call a number and record a message that way!


When you make a purchase in-store simply ask to receive a tag (they’re available while supplies last).  If you bought something online from JCP.com, simply take it into the store with your receipt to request a tag.  For more details, check out this video that shows you how the Santa Tags work.


I am so excited for my secret Santa to receive her gift and I hope she likes it.  I’ll have to write about what I received in a few days when it arrives.  This is so much fun!


“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of jcpenney and received a jcpenney Secret Santa gift and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Cookies & Cream Parfait Recipe

Cookies and Cream Parfait


Here is a quick and easy dessert recipe to serve at Christmas or anytime!


Make 2 layers of vanilla pudding, add crushed chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream in tall glasses.  Top each with a cookie.  Serves 4.


Simple, attractive, and yummy!


My friend over at Freebies4Real gave me this image and recipe to share with you!   She’s my blogging friend who has 2 (possibly 3) autistic children.  If you would like to help contribute $20 to help her get an iPad for her kids for Christmas please read my post, Help a Mother of Children with Autism, for more information.

The test of a people…


“The test of a people is what they can do when they’re tired.”
― Winston Churchill

An early morning walk…

Morning Walk

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

― Henry David Thoreau

9 Things Everyone Should do Daily

Do Daily


Of course, these are only my opinions but I think they’re good ones. : )


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day, and while you walk, smile. This will lift your spirits every time!


2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Thank God for what He’s done, talk about what is going on in your life, & read the Bible (The first two parts of this can be done while walking…the last part if you have the Bible on an Ipod).


3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
“Today I will__________ . I am thankful for______________ .”


4. Drink plenty of water & eat a piece of fruit.


5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.


6. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college student. : )


7. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Remember to agree to disagree.


8. Do at least one sacrificial thing for someone else each day.


9. Each night, before you go to bed complete the following statement:
“I am thankful for__________.”