Tuesday, October 22, 2013

....and so it begins

 
 It's here.
The Christmas Wreath making has started.
I pulled my supplies out of the attic...
purchased a few more....
the glitter is all over the floor....
 
That can only mean one thing....
Wreath making is officially in full swing.
 
 This darling little elf wreath is only $95 AND I will be making several of this style, so please let me know if you are interested before I run out of supplies.

You can find me on Instagram and Facebook for more product postings.
 
 
and in other news....
I OFFICIALLY opened an etsy page, y'all!
 
 
**due to the percentages etsy takes from sales, the items will be listed at a higher price than what I list on social media. Please send me a message if you are interested any of my items**
 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Motivational Monday

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf
 
 
....I knew this was going to happen. 
....I will never be able to because....
.....Why can't something go right for me? 
.....I don't have time for this.
.....Why is she looking at me that way, did I do something wrong?
....I have a headache, google said it might be cancer...or maybe I'm pregnant.... or maybe it's just allergies.
 
Does any of that sound like something you have thought before?
 
Our minds are trained to think negatively... and sometimes it is to the extreme. You are thinking negatively when you fear the future, put yourself down, criticize yourself for small errors, doubt your abilities or expect failure. 
Why is it that we can't just replace those negative thoughts with positive? 


The more you give into your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf
 ....so do your best the next time a negative thought comes your way to replace it with a positive one.

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf

1. “Always/Never” Thinking

This happens when you think something that happened will “always” repeat itself, or that you’ll “never” get what you want. All-or-never words like always, never, no one, every one, every time, everything are usually wrong.

2. Focusing On The Negative

This occurs when your thoughts reflect only the bad in a situation and ignore any of the good things. Its getting 100 reviews back and all you can focus on are the 4 bad ones, forgetting about the 96 positive ones.

3. Fortune-telling

This is where you predict the worst possible outcome to any situation. When you go into a conversation assuming that the other person won’t like what you have to say, you change the way you communicate to usually make it come true.

4. Mind Reading

This happens when you believe that you know what other people are thinking, even though they haven’t told you directly. Taking someone’s silence as “They’re mad at me” is a perfect example of mind reading. They may just be thinking.

5. Thinking With Your Feelings

This occurs when you believe your negative feelings without ever questioning them. Feelings are very complex and often based upon our past stories. Feelings are not always about truth. Feelings are your perception of certain situations.

6. Guilt Beating

Also called shoulding on yourself, guilt beating is when you think words like should, must, ought, or have to to most situations. It’s healthier to say, “I’d like to be able to help them out” instead of “I should help them out”.

7. Labeling

Whenever you attach a negative label like jerk, arrogant, irresponsible, or stupid to yourself or to someone else, you stop your ability to take a clear look at the situation.

8. Personalizing

This happens when you invest innocuous events with personal meaning. “My boss didn’t talk to me, so I must have done something wrong.” There are lots of reasons people do things. You never fully know why people do what they do.

9. Blaming

When you blame something or someone else for the problems in your life, you become a passive victim of circumstances and you make it very difficult to do anything to change your situation.
- See more at: http://www.paulelmore.com/therapeuticprocess/ants/#sthash.YkNyIiYj.dpuf
 
 Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WANTS vs NEEDS

Wants vs needs. Ah, yes. The daily struggle that I’m sure we can all relate to.
 
 
 
I WANT a new car
I WANT a new handbag
I WANT a new outfit
I WANT a new pair of boots
I WANT a pretty lipstick shade for fall
I WANT new living room furniture
I WANT an outdoor fireplace
I WANT to build another house
I WANT to wake up and my whole body be effortlessly tightened and toned 
 
 
 
 I want. I want. I want. What is wrong with us? What is wrong with me? Why are we not happy with the things we have? Why do we always wish we had something that we don’t have?
 
 We get so caught up in what is "in" that we feel the material objects we already have a no longer "good enough" We must remind ourselves the next time we make that "want list" that there are starving, struggling people out there that look at you, yes YOU and don't see the things that you do in yourself. They look at your outfit and would love to have that "old" shirt you are wearing. They would love to be able to have the furniture that is no longer "good enough" for you. They would love to just be able to go out and purchase those little things (to us) that are big things (to them.) If you really stop and think about it, your "want list" is likely much longer than your "need list"

So, today. Take a moment and really evaluate what you do have. Whatever it may be. Just stop. Take a moment. And say thank you.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Something about a Cardigan

 There's just something about a cardigan

Something that....

Covers up those "love handles"
Keeps you warm
Makes you feel secure



Something that...



Is perfect for a casual cute look.
Completes the perfect outfit.
Is a closet staple. 

....now I just need one in every color


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Domestic Cleaning Secret


 
Don't get me wrong, I love the look of stainless steel in a kitchen.
However, if you are anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with it. 

It is gorgeous when clean....
...but keeping it clean is often the issue.


Do you ever notice some products that leave a streaky finish?
 
Do you ever notice the front of your dishwasher has streaks all the way down from water?

Do you notice spots that you just can't seem to get rid of?
 
Well ladies,  if you said yes to any of the above questions, I have a simple solution you must try.
 
All of you are likely to already have this product in your kitchens.
 
The miracle product 
OLIVE OIL!
(I use extra virgin)  
 

 
- Grab a soft cloth (since stainless steel can scratch easily)
- Apply a minimal amount ( approximately quarter size)
- Coat the appliance "with the grain"
- Turn cloth over and buff the surface
- Admire your streak free appliances

Monday, October 14, 2013

Motivational Monday

Try as you might, you cannot make yourself happy with what you do not have. When you wait for happiness or make it conditional, it never does materialize.
Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.
Happiness is what you are, not what you have. It depends solely upon your own attitude. You can be happy no matter what your circumstances might be. You can never get happy. You can always be happy.
Lift your own self-imposed restrictions on happiness. Count your many blessings, and be happy. Spread your happiness and it will grow.

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/980922.html#B8qWh2DxddmJu0Y4.99



Although you may try, you cannot make yourself happy with what you do not have. When you wait for something to make you happy, you are only making the moment you are in worse than it really is. 

Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose for yourself to be happy.  Your happiness will not come to you, it can only come from you.

Happiness is what you are, not what you have. It depends solely upon your own attitude. You can be happy no matter what your circumstances might be. You can never get happy. You can always be happy.

 Count your many blessings, and be happy. 


Try as you might, you cannot make yourself happy with what you do not have. When you wait for happiness or make it conditional, it never does materialize.
Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.
Happiness is what you are, not what you have. It depends solely upon your own attitude. You can be happy no matter what your circumstances might be. You can never get happy. You can always be happy.
Lift your own self-imposed restrictions on happiness. Count your many blessings, and be happy. Spread your happiness and it will grow.

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/980922.html#B8qWh2DxddmJu0Y4.99
Try as you might, you cannot make yourself happy with what you do not have. When you wait for happiness or make it conditional, it never does materialize.
Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.
Happiness is what you are, not what you have. It depends solely upon your own attitude. You can be happy no matter what your circumstances might be. You can never get happy. You can always be happy.
Lift your own self-imposed restrictions on happiness. Count your many blessings, and be happy. Spread your happiness and it will grow.

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/980922.html#B8qWh2DxddmJu0Y4.99

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Live a little

Each day at work I always have to write the date down several times. October 1, 2013. Wait, is it already October? Where did this year go? It seems like we were just ringing in the new year, celebrating my 25th birthday in January and then a few months later celebrating my 1 year wedding anniversary. Wait, have I already been married a year? Well now it has been year and a half. Wow, the year is nearly over. Soon I will be TWENTY-SIX! Where are my twenties going?!!
 
It has been 7 years since I packed my bags from my parents house and moved into my dorm at the University of Arkansas. You think when you are in high school you are ready to graduate, move out and get to college. Then you graduate, get married and get a grown up job. Well, I did and if I could I would go back and re-live those days in a heartbeat. Freshman year was incredible. I absolutely felt "at home" in Fayetteville. Though I went though a breakup with my high school sweetheart and dated a few frogs after him, it was a learning experience. I casually dated but never really had that connection that I did in my previous relationship & honestly I wanted things work out if I could but we were just in two different points in our lives in two different locations. Fast forward to the spring and I start dating someone I was absolutely crazy about. Unfortunately, that was short lived and he ended up moving out of state. I was honestly heart broken but to my surprise, just a few days later I met the man who would later become my husband.It was many months before I could actually "commit" to our relationship. I just didn't know if I could do it. Another long distance relationship? This is why both of my previous relationships ended. What would actually keep this one together? Well, it turned out that even though we were miles apart, he was about to graduate and then he would be moving to Fayetteville so that made things easier and gave us something to look forward to. My sophomore year flew by. Every weekend I was either traveling out of town or awaiting Brad's arrival. We never missed a weekend. Ever. So while most of my friends were attending all the fun parties, I was fitting in everything during the week and then dropping everything to spend time with my boyfriend on the weekend. Yeah, I was THAT girl. But it worked out and those were the BEST 4 years of my life.
 Not only did time fly by those 4 years but so have my twenties. Um...am I really 25? I'm only 5 years from THIRTY! The idea of "growing up" takes us over when we are younger. We can't wait to get in middle school, then high school, then move out, then COLLEGE! Then our goal is to graduate and find a real job making real money and if we are lucky, find our Mr or Mrs right while we are at it. Why do we all try to rush it? You get in a relationship and everyone wonders when you will be engaged...you are engaged and everyone wants to know when the wedding is...you get married and everyone wants to know when you will have a baby. Now that I am 25 and all those said things (minus the baby) are over, I sometimes wish I was 18 and starting the process over again. You know - be the girl again who is not so stressed, who studies the night before the exam, who is involved in everything and still has a job, who doesn't mind if the house isn't perfectly cleaned, the one who will stay up as late as possible, who goes out and stays out late then is at her 8:00 class. But now... I am the one who is often stressed, who prepares for presentations in advance, who goes to work then comes home and has another full time job cleaning and cooking then is ready for bed at 10. What happened?! I'm in my twenties, married and with NO children. I have come to realize that this is in a sense how you are supposed to behave at this stage of life. Sometimes I get so caught up in the day to day things that can be exhausting to just live a little. It's great to have a real job and to be responsible. But, we have to remember that we are still young and can still live a little.


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