Thursday, September 18, 2014

5 (or more) Things I Am Loving Today

Good morning! I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for:

Here are a few favorite things I am loving today.

1. I am getting on one of these soon to go to...

2.  New York City!!!!! My very first time to visit a place that I've always wanted to see! We are going there to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I love the idea of walking through Central Park.

I've seen these necklaces on several blogs. They are Kendra Scott's Rayne necklaces.

I also love this watch! It is on sale right now at Nordstroms. I don't own this or the necklace above, but think both are so pretty.

4. I love these boots.
Melissa Frye boots

5.  And for something totally random...

Source: Thistlewood Farms blog

I really love the old fashioned look of glass doorknobs and transom windows. If I were building a home right now, I would add glass doorknobs to my doors and use transom windows wherever I could. I was very interested  to read about this DIY project above from the blog Thistlewood Farms.

As a bonus, here is a beauty item that I have liked lately...

It really helps your makeup to go on smoothly and de-emphasizes those little lines.

Okay - just one more!! 

I have some kind of love for silverware! You would think I owned a lot, but I don't. But if money were no object, I would buy these babies. I don't know, but I think my cooking would just taste better with these.

Pottery Barn - Maxfield flatware

Okay, that's it!

Happy Friday!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

First Time Trip to West End Salvage

Happy Monday!

If you love antiques, you would love to visit this place.

It is called West End Architectural Salvage in downtown Des Moines.

I had heard of it before, but have never been until today.

I was actually looking for a door like this one below. I love the whole look of this vintage door with the Christmas wreath - maybe a few white Christmas lights, too?

                                                                    Blog source:  Unskinny Boppy

I didn't find that, but enjoyed looking around so much!

I don't know if you are like me at all, but I always feel a little sad browsing around an antique place. I guess because I know I am looking at things that once meant something to someone. I felt a little like that today. But since the building itself is also very old, I also wondered who used to walk around in there doing their daily job 50, 75, or even a 100 years ago! Do you think thoughts like that, too? And now here I am with my husband and two of our kids, walking through this same building just for fun.

Here are a few highlights of the day.

Old cash registers fascinate me.

I hope that this gives you a feel of what it was like there.

It takes a while to see everything.

                                     I loved the large mirrors, but they were over a thousand dollars.

I love old signs.

                                      Wouldn't old lights like these look great in a boys' bedroom?

We didn't even get to see the whole building. We saw 3 floors and I think there are 2 more!

There is also an HGTV show about West End Salvage.

Enjoy your week and I hope it's beginning to look like fall wherever you are!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hobby Lobby Finds with Fixer Upper Style

Today was a lovely day.

We ran into Hobby Lobby on Labor Day so that I could scope out their fall decor. Somehow though, I had left my phone sitting on the kitchen table. I saw so many interesting things and no way to share what I found. So, today as we decided to run to Sam's Club for milk (why is milk suddenly so expensive at the grocery store? Don't they know I have boys in the house?), I knew that I would probably have time to run back in to Hobby Lobby and snap a few photos. Thank you, Dave. (I have a great husband!)

I really noticed the influence of my favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper, in Hobby Lobby today. I think you'll see what I mean.

Have you seen Fixer Upper? This is the husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines. I  love them and their obvious love for each other and their kids. It is refreshing to see.

Joanna is the designer of their projects and uses a lot of vintage, distressed type things in her designs.

But back to Hobby Lobby:)

Here's a few things that caught my eye today.

These metal letters reminded me a lot of  the design style on Fixer Upper.

Chipped, vintage look and I LOVED the glass knobs. If we ever build a house again, I would like glass doorknobs for every bedroom door.

This was a heavy cabinet type door with wire basket and hooks below. It would work great in a mudroom or hallway.

I loved the distressed look of this piece. This would be a beautiful accent color  to use in a room.

                                     Loved that this arrow lit up. It would be so cute in a theater room.

                                       I wish I had a place to put this. My husband is glad that I don't.

                                                                   I love old signs.

                                                   My little boy (who loves atlases) would love this map.

                            Another chipped, vintage looking piece. I've seen a lot of blogs where they use something                             like this for hanging jewelry.

                              A little architectural interest. It would look great in our dining room.

                                           Glass knobs. You can't get much better than these.
                                       I know. I need a manicure. Sigh - I always notice too late.

And this little beauty came home with me today. I just love it! It reminds me of school days and of some of the choices for Fixer Upper (and the fact that it was 40% off didn't hurt either!)

What do you think of the design style on Fixer Upper? Has it influenced any projects in your home?

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy September!

At last! It is September 1st! A time for celebration! To me, September 1st is the gateway to the holidays and my favorite time of year. And now, when I go into Target, I will be looking at their back to school displays and knowing that in a very short time, I will begin to see a few random Christmas items appearing on the shelves. This is how I think.

Happy September!!

 Here's a little inspiration with some of my favorite fall things. Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Images courtesy of Pinterest

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer's End & WIWW

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday with a few statement necklaces.

left- Stella and Dot
right top - ebay
bottom right - Stella and Dot

School starts back here tomorrow. It is hard to believe that summer is about to come to an end.

Our youngest son took tennis lessons this summer and loved it. He had some great coaches and learned so much.

Our son is in the little guy in the lime green shirt.

We will definitely be doing this class again next summer.

I am also looking forward to this...

Pinterest (Marty's Musings blog)

And especially...

It's not much longer! Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Saying the Right Thing to Ourselves

I believe that God still speaks to us today. Sometimes God has spoken to me in the middle of the night - not audibly, but in my spirit. I tend to be a very visual person though, and more often than not, God has spoken to me while watching something beautiful, whether it be a sunset or looking up at the stars, or on a couple of occasions, a movie I was watching.

I also believe that at times, God can have someone else share a word with you which will encourage or help you.  This word of knowledge could be defined as:

Supernatural insight about something that you would not know outside of God's intervention. It is one of the gifts of the Spirit as stated in I Cor. 12.

That probably sounds really strange to some of you reading or it may intrigue you. Either way, it is an amazing thing, isn't it? It is an amazing thing that the Creator of the Universe would be very interested in speaking to me or you. But He is. He is extremely interested in you and what is going on in your heart and life right now.

But for some reason, I rarely receive a word like that. I've been in services where people all around me are called out and have some great word spoken over them, but, by and large, that doesn't happen to me. I'm not sure why that is, but I've come to the conclusion that it isn't worth getting all discouraged about.  Those kind of things are great when they do happen, and can be extremely encouraging,  but they just don't happen to me a lot. So, I thought I would tell you what I do.

I speak encouraging words over myself. I make declarations over myself and my family. I say what I know that God is saying over all of us.

I haven't read Joel Osteen's book on making declarations, but I do agree with this practice wholeheartedly! One thing that Joel has said that I read recently was this, " You send your words out in the direction you want your life to go." I believe that. The Bible says that "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." That is pretty powerful if you stop and think about it. Both of those things are in our mouth at any given time. We have to put some thought into what we are saying.

If this were a class (making declarations), I would still be in elementary school.  I am still reining in the wrong sentences that I throw out there sometimes, and replacing them with words of faith. It hasn't been easy! I think that it requires little effort to be negative, but a whole lot of effort to replace the negative words with positive ones.

So, this is what I do.

When I feel or sense a cloud of discouragement, gloom, or despair coming around, I say things "out loud" to counteract those feelings or thoughts. I recently downloaded some declarations from Joyce Meyer's website. For example, here are some things that I state out loud.

  1. I don't have the spirit of fear, but of power  and love and a sound mind.
  2. I have compassion and understanding for all people.
  3. I know God's voice and I always obey what He tells me.
  4. I cast all my care on the Lord for He cares for me.
Sometimes your thoughts can be suddenly hijacked and you can feel yourself spirally down quickly. I know that has happened to me. This is when it is particularly crucial to state God's word out loud:

2 Cor. 10:5    Satan, you are a liar. There is nothing true in you. I will not receive or believe your lie in the name of Jesus.

1 John 4:4    I remind you that it is written. He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world. I command you to leave me in the name of Jesus.

At times, I just speak encouraging things over myself and my children as I pray. I've always liked the scripture that says, "But David encouraged himself in the Lord." I Sam. 30:6. If you haven't received any encouragment in what feels like a long time, speak encouraging words over yourself. Things like:

1 .God is interested in my dreams coming true. He will absolutely see my dreams through.

2. My children will, without question, fulfill the destiny that God has for their lives.

3. God is proud of me. God has a plan for my life. He has not forgotten me.

This has really helped me. I also practice saying things out loud to my children. Recently, I told one of my kids,

"I believe you will travel the world and not have an ordinary life."  (I wasn't just pulling this out of thin air. I really do think this.)

There is power in declaring good things over your children. Again, life and death are in the POWER of the tongue. I so much want to get better at this.

Perhaps this won't seem very helpful to you if things are going well, but if you find yourself in a rough spot, try and remember what I'm telling you right now. It will help you and make a difference. God's word is very powerful. It isn't like any other book. There is power behind the words that God says over you. Think about this verse when you feel afraid:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

No matter what may be occurring in your life right now, begin to train yourself in saying what God is saying about you and your circumstance. His heart is full of love and concern for you today. He isn't too busy or distant. He really cares.

Sending each one reading lots of love today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Pin-Spired

Hello August!

I'm not really a summer person. I am a fall person. So it is exciting to me to see how close we now are to September 1st! That is my extra happy time of year with a giddy feeling that lasts all the way through December. There is just a little bit of a sparkle to the whole world during those months.

I'm joining Pin-Spired this month with:

Here are a couple of Pinterest looks that were an inspiration. They are definitely both more for my favorite time of year:)

Courtesy Pinterest

Stella &  Dot necklace - blazer Kohls
Purple top/scarf - Nordstroms 
In other news, I'm in the midst of getting all our home school books organized and ordering any last minute items that need to be ordered. I've really enjoyed having these past few weeks off. We haven't really done anything special this summer, but it's been nice all the same.

We just celebrated our 25th anniversary in July and are making plans to go to NYC this fall! Our church (my husband is a pastor) has very kindly given us a gift to help with our travel expenses. (Aren't they awesome?!) I've always wanted to go and now I can hardly believe that we are going! I've been reading/looking/asking for ideas while we are there and besides all the sights to see, I am definitely going to do this:

A "You've Got Mail" walking tour.  Yes, really!

Duane from the blog, Cottage in the Oaks, has been a treasure trove of resources for me in planning this trip. She is amazing!

Happy August to you and if you have any NYC tips to share, please let me know!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Outdoor Movie Night

Our oldest son, Evan, is currently serving as our church's youth pastor. He likes planning fun activities for the kids and asked if he could host an outdoor movie night at the house.

At some point, my husband wants to construct a better screen for outdoor use with PVC pipe, but for a quick set up last night, he used a drop cloth, a couple of nails, and some heavy duty beach towel clips. He hung the drop cloth over the garage door.  We used a projector with speakers and the kids all brought their own chairs. We supplied some drinks and candy and around 8:30 pm, they started their movie.

                                                       You have to have movie candy!

(The jars were used to hold Twizzlers.)

Last night they watched...

It was fun seeing all the kids in our driveway hanging out and having a good time. This idea could work for all kinds of gatherings. I think I'd like to do this for our youngest son's birthday party in September.

I'd love to have one of these for another movie night...

Coutesy: Pinterest

 I think you can actually rent these along with cotton candy machines. But I tend to plan too big, or at least, that's what I've been told by someone else that lives in this house with me. ( Okay,  I admit it. I was searching the internet this morning for "How to Build a Concession Stand ".)

Have you ever done a movie outside? I'd love to hear some of your tips. We are planning another one for next month.

Hope you are having a great summer!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't Forget to Enjoy Today

I read something this morning by Joyce Meyer that has stuck with me today:

You can get so busy raising your children that you forget to enjoy them. You can get so caught up in cleaning your house, trying to pay for it, and remodeling it, that you forget to enjoy it. But you can learn to enjoy God so much that no matter what you do today, you can truly say, “I enjoyed it.”

Don't forget to enjoy your child today. You have one of the hardest jobs on the face of the earth as a mother. But this time really will pass quickly.

So today, buy your kids a bag of popcorn at Target to munch on while you shop, let your kids pick out their favorite candy bar or bag of candy, make ice cream sundaes, let them help you make chocolate chip cookies or a box of brownies, tell them about the day they were born, lay on the couch with them and watch a movie, and smell their hair when you take them out of the bathtub...

They may not remember everything about their childhood, but I promise, they will remember these things that they did with YOU. They will remember the silly little songs that you sang to them and how you slept on their bedroom floor when they were sick. They will remember how you baked their favorite cookies just because you knew it would mean a lot when they had a hard day. They might remember some of your bad days, too, but the good days will outnumber those.

Enjoy this day because you won't have another one just like it.

Photos by Caitlin Olson

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Monday, June 30, 2014

July Pin-Spired Link Up

I can't believe this is the last day of June! My father-in-law always says that when the calendar reads July 4th, summer is basically over. That always made me laugh, but I know what he's saying. It goes by quickly after that. One of my son's birthdays is August 26th, and I always tell him that Christmas comes pretty much instantly following that day (or it seems like that to me!).

I'm linking up today with Pinterest Told Me To,  Mix and Match Family and The Larson Lingo for

Before I do that, look at this!

Aren't they BEAUTIFUL???!!! I received these two necklaces last week.

This was a quick pic after trying on the red one  (Stella and Dot- Sardinia necklace). It's not the greatest photo, but isn't it lovely? I find myself standing and staring at it in my closet. I'm not sure what that says about me. My husband says that he is going to have to find a way to hang "all my new love for necklaces" in our closet.

Okay, on to Pin-Spired.


I like the denim shirt look with a pretty necklace, don't you?


This is from Pinterest also - a denim shirt over lace.

It might work with this dress.

I love color block dresses...really, all dresses!

Pinterest (Victoria Beckam)

TJ Maxx find

This link up is always a lot of fun. I love seeing what other ladies put together. I read so many mom blogs and I am always floored at their cute style when they have little ones running around. I wish I had been more like that! I am truly inspired by their style and reading about their daily lives. I think all moms are just amazing at what they accomplish everyday for their families.

I often think of that quote from Anne of Green Gables where it is said ,"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it."  As a mother, those words have come to me often.  If you feel you failed in some way with your children or family today, you can start fresh tomorrow. God's mercy and grace is new every morning.

 Have a wonderful week and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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