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Sunday, December 16, 2018


I finally finished my gift baskets for the girls.  I totally feel like they turned out really cute.  Hopefully each one of them will appreciate the thought that went into each basket.
 Super easy to put together.  I bought the basket and cellophane at Dollar Tree.  Which is the  inexpensive route to go when do several baskets at one time. 
 
I do believe that I am getting ready for Christmas to be here!!  Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

States I have visited.  

My goal is to visit all 50 states.  I still have many left to visit.  Am trying to figure out where my next vacation will lead me.  I am torn between San Francisco or New York.  I feel like SF would be a better choice for a single female traveler.   My goal is to visit a new state this coming year.  I really need to buckle down and make it happen.  

Do you have any states on your list that you want to visit?  If so which ones and why? Also what would you like to do in that state?   

I need to print out a new state map for my new Passion Planner classic.   

Friday, November 30, 2018

minimalist game

I have decided to take this 30 day challenge head on.  I want to declutter in a huge way.  I have way too many items.  It is time to get rid of items that I am just hanging on to for either sentimental reasons or even just because I might use it later. I have currently lived in our house for 15 years.  I can not even believe the amount of stuff I have acquired.  First and foremost it is overwhelming when I look around the house. 
So I have decided to work on the first week of the challenge.  I knew this part would be easy and painless.  Trying not to stress out is my major goal.  Being stressed is not good for me in any shape or form. So I am going to ease into this challenge very slowly.

First day found this cup.  I will never use it and received it in a swag bag. It is cute but I will donate it to someone who will use it.
One blue cup 

Day 2 of challenge.  I had both of these items on my bar in the kitchen.  Do not need either one of these items.  So they will go in donation pile. 

Two yellow items

Day 3 of the game.  Had these magazines in my mail pile.  I have looked thru them and am done with them.  I will take them to either the hospital or donate to someone who will read them. 

3 magazines 

On day 4 I went thru my cup of pens on my living room end table.  Anyone who knows me at all realizes I love pens of all kinds.  Pencils I never use.  This pen is nearly dry, so time to let it go.  I am donating pencils to a school.  Our planner group is doing a fundraiser for the local schools.
#SWOKPSKARES 

4 writing instruments. 

Day 5 of the challenge.  Miscellaneous items I found on my dresser.  Some of these items are duplicates. I am trying to learn that I don't need multitudes of a item.  Which is a hard thing to wrap my mind around.  As I think all my life I was taught to keep something incase you needed it down the road.  As I have gotten older that is known as being a horder.. Not even joking!  

5 beauty items. 

Day 6 and its getting a little tougher.  I have lots of scents that I do not like.  Unfortunately I have way too many of these scents on hand.  It's time to find them a good home so they can be used.  
6 scentsy melts. 

I have made it to the 7th day.  Haven't had to think to hard about what I need to clear out.  I know the next 7 days will be a bit tougher.  Random items I found in my cabinet.  Most will be donated.  I do have a friend who will use the vanilla I brought back from my last cruise to Cozumel.  

7 items out of my cabinet.  

I am slowly making process and I am really starting to embrace this challenge/game.  Once I complete this challenge I hope to continue to declutter items out of my life.  




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Baby Clifford

Michelle and Clifford

Our baby is very vocal! 

Finally he is getting to rest!

Be still my heart!! Baby Clifford is a baby doll!   He is a little dramatic but am sure he gets that from his daddy Aaron!! 

Welcome to our loud and crazy family Baby Clifford!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday shopping

My cart is full!!

This is the back of my Jeep.  It's almost time to head home.  I think I have spent all my money!  Every year my cousin Brenda and I go shopping together.  We have a good time plus we get to visit.  It's a win win situation for us. 
I didn't get all my shopping done but quite a bit of it done.  Some gifts I feel good about and some not so good.  Blake and Jessica mad it easy for me as they had a list for me.  Alisha's mom sent us her wish list.   The other kid's did not tell me anything they needed or wanted.  Uugh.  That makes it hard on me.  As hard as I try I sometimes feel like gifts are lacking.  I really do put a lot of thought into the gifts for each person on my list. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I found some tidbits I want to share with you today about Thanksgiving.  What we commonly call Thanksgiving was a harvest feast celebrated by Pilgrims in October 1621 in what is now known as Plymouth. Ma.  They most likely feasted on wild foul, cornbread or porridge and venison.

George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Day proclamation in the United States in 1789: "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts that many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peacefully to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Americans tend to do more eating than being grateful on Thanksgiving.  The average American will consume between 3,000-4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. That is about twice what the average daily calorie count should be. 

America is still the nation that has more liberty than any country in the world .United States still affords more personal freedom, economical opportunity and less intrusion into your personal life than any other place on the planet. That freedom isn't there because Americans are smarter, it comes completely by grace from the hand of a sovereign Creator. Americans should recognize that and be very thankful.

I am thankful for our mighty God, my family and friends, health and my career.  I am blessed with more than I need. 

Thanks for checking out my blog.   Again Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tyler in Egypt!

Tyler on the plane to Egypt. 

Tyler is celebrating Thanksgiving in Egypt! I can't even wrap my head around my baby brother being a world traveler.  I am so proud of him and everything he has accomplished in his life time.  He inspires me to be a better person.  He has fought for his dreams and worked hard at everything he has touched.   
I love his adventure side.  He is fearless in everything he does.  He doesn't just have a job he is living his dreams!!