Thursday, August 25, 2016

I'm ready for FALL!

I know we're not even done with August but I'm ready for FALL!!
I really love Summer...
 but I'm over it!

I'm ready for crisp cool mornings, big comfy sweaters, pumpkin everything and Fall d├ęcor!

I've already started decorating my house...
not for Fall necessarily but I've put away the lemons, the bright flowers and the Summery pillows.

It all started last weekend when I walked into Home Goods, then TJ Maxx and well, my wallet had a mini heart attack!  Sh....don't tell my husband!  :)  It will be our little secret.


After my little shopping spree, I put Summer away and decorated my downstairs with some of my new finds.
A little new mixed in with a lot of old.

I was craving a neutral pallet and that is what I gave my space.
I'll share some pics on September 1st!  (I picked September because then I feel a little justified with having a "Fall ready" space!)
I know, I'm silly!!

Today on the blog I'm sharing some inspiration with you of neutral pallet decorations and homes.

I'm loving these cotton branches.  I found some at Hobby Lobby and made a wreath for my front door.  Can't wait to show you it!


 I feel like Chalkboards have a Fall vibe.  Maybe because we associate them with school.  Anyhow... I pulled a few of those out and displayed them throughout the house.  I'm loving this giant chalkboard pictured below!


I'm loving everything about this space... the sign, the wreath, the pillows, the blanket, the pumpkins...Just beautiful!
 Have a blessed day!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Learning to say no


 I love that Meghan Trainor song NO.
My name is "No"
My sign is "No"
My number is "No"
You need to let it go...
It's cute, it's catchy and fun.
We're not talking about dating today though...
I tend to let me life get CRAZY busy.
It's no ones fault but my own.

Don't get me wrong.  I like to be busy.
But, CRAZY BUSY is never fun.  Do you know what I mean?
Busy as in you have to schedule time to do laundry because there's never a free moment and if you don't schedule it you might run out of clean underwear busy!

A few months ago we received a reminder that it was time to register for football.  We wanted to confirm with Brayden that he wanted to play football this coming Fall season before we registered him.  So we asked him and his response was an emphatic, "No!"
Dad was surprised, I was relieved.... (entirely different subject that we won't get into now..)
We asked him why he didn't want to play and he explained that it takes a lot of his time and he misses out on doing some of the other things he loves more like fishing, riding his dirt bike and hanging out with his friends.
Out of the mouths of babes...

Similarly, my daughter decided this last Spring that she wasn't going to try out for her High School's cheer team for the upcoming school year.  I was surprised when she said that and asked her why.  Her response was similar.  She said that cheering her Freshman year was fun and all but she wasn't able to explore other sports and extra curricular activities because it monopolized her time.
I love that these kids realize how precious and valuable their time is.
It's a lesson I've been slower to learn.

Because the kids have decided not to participate in any sports this Fall, I've also decided to say "No" to any extra curricular activities.
We are going to see what it feels like to not have to be somewhere every single weekend!
I don't even know what that is going to look like, but I'm giddy with excitement!
I'll keep you posted!
What about you?  Are there some areas in your life where you are needing to say "No?"
I'm hoping you are inspired to covet your time for the most important things in your life.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Motivational Monday ~ Romans 12

I've been working on our 2016 family album online.  Before you get all impressed with me...I mean how can I possibly be working on my 2016 album?  Well, lets just say I skipped 2015!  :)
I'll get back to it but I wanted needed to start fresh and create something that didn't seem so daunting and well, working on my 2015 family book felt daunting!
I use Shutterfly to make my books.  I used to scrapbook all my albums but was going to need a bank loan and separate room in the house to store them all so I decided to take my scrapbooking digital.
Anyhow, I was creating a page and was looking for a quote to add to it.  I came across these verses from Romans 12.
I loved what I read but wanted to read the entire chapter so I pulled it up on my YouVersion Bible app.  I looked it up in the Message version.
Place Your Life Before God.
v. 1-2
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around-life - and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God.  You'll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity.  God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I'm not going to share the entire chapter with you but if you have the time I encourage you to read it on your own.  It's really good!
There are so many parts I love about this chapter but here are a few of my favorites.
  • "Take your everyday life and place it before God as an offering."  I get so busy in my life that I feel like sometimes I'm in a robotic state.  Just going from point A to point B.  This is such a good reminder to do every ordinary thing as an offering to God.  Commuting to work, cleaning my house, paying bills, etc... 
  • "Fix your attention on God."  I've been watching the Summer Olympics (Go USA) and there was a swim meet where Chad Le Clos was swimming in a lane next to Michael Phelps.  Multiple times during the race Le Clos turns to look at Phelps.  It cost him the race.  Phelps won the gold and Le Clos didn't even medal.
    We need to keep our eyes on God.  Period.   Nothing else.  No one else.

  • "God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."  Be mature people!  That means no whining!  :)  I'm not pointing any fingers...I'm guilty of it too.  What does it mean to be mature?  I like this definition, "A mature person intellectually is someone who knows how to take decisions in life, rather than using emotions, using rationality which means takes decisions based on reason." 
 I'm Hispanic and we're emotional beings.  It was eye-opening to read that a mature person bases his/her decisions on reason and takes all emotion out of the equation.
  • And finally my favorite part of Romans 12 is, "Don't pretend to love others, really love them."  I have this picture of my grandmother that I love! 
She's looking at my cousin, her granddaughter, with such love and excitement.  My grandmother was a REAL love giver!  There was no doubt in your mind that she loved you.  I want to love like that.
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