Sunday, July 31, 2011

Making Gifts look awesome!

As I adventure into the land of Mary Kay for the morning I wanted to share with you a little note about how I make my purchases pretty.

You may remember my fleece elephant. I made two. One went to my niece and the other to Erin over at Team Slocum

Well included in the gift to Erin I sent a pedicure set. Something ever new mom needs, right?


So it got all wrapped up in a nice bag and the Elly-phant got it too. The one my niece got had nice wrapping, even though it wasnt being shipped.


There is a picture of both of them. Arent they pretty.

My regular MK products also get pretty wrapping, so it always feels like you are getting a gift. That is my goal at least.



Depending on the product sometimes it is a simple bag like the first picture, other times I use more cellophane.

So where do I get this awesome cellophane and these great bags?

Glad you asked!

I love them! I first started out just order cellophane and the Mesh Ribbon but the next order I placed I had to get the self sealing bags and the random selection of bags too!


Well I am here to share with you a coupon code!!!!

TENOFFTC10

That will get you 10% off your order when you enter that at check out!

I would love to know what you get and how you use it.

Legal Disclaimer:
**In no way is this post an advertisement for Mary Kay, Inc. or any of their products, nor is it endorsed by Mary Kay, Inc. The goal and purpose of this post is to share my ideas on how I present products. 
However, if you do want to shop me online: you can do it here.



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Did the house get finished?

Of course it did silly people!



Not sure what I'm talking about? Go back and see the chaos.

All this completion happened with the help of some great people in my life!

First all that stuff had to go somewhere... So I put up a shed (if you thought i was going to get rid of it... LOL you dont know me well) 

Shed Helpers:
-Mom manual labor
-David manual labor
-Carl manual labor
-Shannon lent me his drill
-Brittany used her truck to pick up the shed
-Neighbor Guy moved heavy, boxed shed into my backyard from the truck bed

Once the house was clean of junk things I cant live without or find a place to keep, I was able to start working on the walls and floors of the back room.

Wall and Floor Helpers:
-Hannah edge painting
-David more manual labor
-Brittany painting the walls
-Al installing the wood floors

on a side note... Al actually lives 3 hours away! He came in town for the weekend and worked on my floors and installed my microwave over my oven for me. I love him. one of my best cousins ever! There is no doubt in my mind that without him my house would still not have flooring.

After that fun stuff was done my mom and my sister helped me clean everything up and move furniture so that I could get ready for party stuff.

The next few blogs in this series will go over the food I had planned on making, what I actually made, projects I made, decorations for the house.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Finish it Friday- Parking on Paint

Today is once again Finish it Friday!
Don't you hate it when you get started telling a story and something happens and you get cut short. That is kinda what this is. On Wednesday I host a Wordless Wednesday Whirl.
A caption-less picture. A story only half told. I hope that as readership and comments grow Finish it Friday will become an opportunity to highlight captions created by readers on the Wednesday post in addition to sharing with you the story behind the picture.


This week's picture is here.


Of course the WWW had to fit into the AIW theme.


At the local high school one of the ways they raised money for the senior class was selling parking spots. The spots got to be decorated to be distinct and personal.


So my sister and I went out on a hot day before school started and sat in the parking lot and painted.


here is an action shot


Senior year flew by! My little sister is about to start college this fall. I wont be right down the road when she needs me. But more importantly what about when I need her. I look around and there is a lot in my life that isn't complete without my sister. Who would have ever thought having someone grow up would be so hard. 

Come back tomorrow for more of the AIW info! I know yesterday I said I would post follow up pictures today, but back to back softball games wore me out. So Sat... that is when there will be more AIW info.


More parking spot pictures:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Apryl is Blogging! - Visit and say hello!

My sister is going off to college and she has started blogging. YAY.

Now I can comment and follow!

Go over and say hello to her and welcome her to an interactive blogging world.

Apryl Can Talk

AIW Party Time Planning

I am a proponent for a good plan. You might have picked up on that when reading today's earlier post and I mentioned I started planning for the April birthday party in November.

In my own defense, it was 18! That is a big birthday and considering I have thrown my sister theme parties for the past few years I had to make sure this was the best. Maybe she will chime in with her opinion of whether it was compared to others I have thrown for her.

They will each has a set dedicated to them, the past themes include Pirate and Hawaiian.

Another reason I had to start planning soooo early was that my house wasn't finished yet. What does that mean? It means that I did not have a dinning room table, and I had a whole room that had concrete floors and unfinished walls.

I would like to say that with so much time I was able to finish everything well before the party deadline.  SMH. With less than three weeks before the party my back room and dining room looked like this:



It's horrible, uh! I would like to say I had just moved in... but I had lived in my house more than a year at this point and quickly coming up on two. As you can see I had bought the wood floors, but I didn't want to put them in until I finished the walls.

I'll show you tomorrow what the rooms look like finished and I will tell you more about my party planning.




Thankful Thursday- Resale Shops!

Without Resale shops and Goodwill I wouldn't have been able to acquire so many great tea pots!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Apryl in Wonderland Begins

Growing up my sister, Apryl, loved Alice in Wonderland. We had a hard back copy that had both Alice in Wonderland and the Looking Glass in one cover.

She liked them before it was commercialized to what it has become now. My sister is a free spirit who often finds bands and music and good books before they become main stream and instead of feeling like the world is sharing what she loves she often seems frustrated by the things becoming mainstream. Perhaps because they lose that secrecy she first had with it.

 I asked her, for the purpose of this blog, what did she like about Alice in Wonderland when growing up. Her response was more than I could have asked and to summarize it would cause you to miss out on the uniqueness that is my sister.
"Because it has levels. Shallow it is purely chaotic, and if I were in the mood for a fun read I could read about playing croquet with flamingos. Deeper, it is poetic. "The time has come, the walrus said" and so forth. And deeper , it is an Allegorical story. When I was little I liked it for the first level. And as I grew up, I grew into the other levels, fell down the rabbit hole."
Due to this love of following the rabbit and falling down the rabbit hole, we celebrated her birthday in true AIW style.

Tomorrow will start a series of AIW themed posts.

if reading my sister's synopsis of the book and why she liked it didn't make you want to pick it up and discover it for yourself... you might be someone who hates reading. :-p


Wordless Wednesday Whirl #6

Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Free Address Labels

When you find a product you like it only seems natural to tell people about it. That is exactly what I have been doing for the last few weeks after finding and using Vista Print.
 I've mentioned before that I have a business, well that means I need business cards and all types of other things. Postcards are my favorite. Vista Print, after signing up and ordering something sent me so many great FREE product offers.

Now I know that sounds hinky, but really, my best friend and my aunt have heard about how I was able to choose not just 1 free offer but, like 5 and I only had to pay shipping.

That meant I was able to order, for my best friend just starting a business, business cards, thank you post cards, product labels (address labels), a car decal, and myself a self stamping label. Before shipping I spent $5!!! with shipping for all those items it was only $20!


My tip: have someone else proof your stuff too... I didnt and ended up having to reorder the post cards because of a spelling error


Do you see what I spelled wrong. Silly me.... 

But arent they cute! they came out so great. And that was using the images they provide.

If you are interested in signing up and taking advantage of free stuff do it below:

Edit: The offer expired so i deleted its link... but see below


Think outside the box... address labels can be used for all kinds of things:
-"This book Belongs to..."
-Envelope seals
-Product Labels
-Gift Tags

this offer is only for 4 more days. so dont dally.  Edit: This offer is now over. But they still over great deals all the time. Look at this greta deal that is still going on!

valid until 5/18/2012




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Being a Rockstar at the Gas Station!

Have you ever gotten into a new car, or a friends car and needed to put gas in it and then looked silly because you pull up to the pump and the cap is on the opposite side?

Well never again!

Today's DIY Saturday isnt anything that will cost you money... instead it is knowledge!

I am sharing with you a gas cap secret. One I have known a many a moon, but I guess isn't such common knowledge.

See that white arrow on the left of the gas pump simple? I am pointing at it with the pink arrow I drew... that little white arrow is in your car too! and it is also next to the gas pump image. 

The arrow is telling you what side of the car the gas cap/ location to put gas in your car is! So this means my car, has the gas cap on the driver's side.

Don't believe me? Go look for yourself in your car. Now you can be a Rockstar and never pull up to the pump on the incorrect side.




Friday, July 22, 2011

Finish it Friday- Hot dogs!

Today is once again Finish it Friday!
Dont you hate it when you get started telling a story and something happens and you get cut short. That is kinda what this is. On Wednesday I host a Wordless Wednesday Whirl.
A caption-less picture. A story only half told. I hope that as readership and comments grow Finish it Friday will become an opportunity to highlight captions created by readers on the Wednesday post in addition to sharing with you the story behind the picture.

 Check out this week's picture.


I have no claim to this idea... but man it is funny!

I love hot dogs, but I am not sure how much I love hot dog on a rope. It seems fun though and I am sure I will be trying it soon.

What is the most unusual reciepe you have tried?

On a tangent. While I was on the cruise my freezer door got left open, so remember that full freezer I had... everything was warmish and melted and needed to be thrown out.

So I am starting fresh! Which I decided was for the best and that I can now stock it with healthier options.

Tangent 2: My sister I have never met before, Brooke, will be visiting in October! It is official... she bought her plane tickets yesterday. I know this opens up a can of "what are you talking about? I need to know that story" and it will be told soon.

Update:: here is where I talk about that story:: Byrd's Family Tree


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday- The Gym

Life has not been so fantastic lately. But that isnt what Thursday is about. It is about refocusing on the things in life I am happy for and the things that are in my control to change.

 So what can I control? What am I thankful for at the moment?

The gym. I can control what I eat, both healthy and unhealthy. I can control whether I make time for the gym or excuses of why not to go.

I have been to the gym twice this week and that is the first visits consistently since November. 

The month of progress I made when working out previously is all gone. But not to be discouraged... life falls apart and I cannot always control that but I can make good choices when it comes to my health.

Do I love the gym... no not really. Half the time I barely enjoy it, but that isnt the point.. the point is I am ready for a change and I am the only person who can make it.

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It is great to remember the little things in life that make you happy more regularly than only in November!

     Each week write a post on something you are thankful for (and why) and then check the posts of your fellow blog hop members to comment on and share their posts as well. Need inspiration? Check out past Thankful Thursday posts.

     To join, simply enter your link information below and copy the code to your own Thankful Thursday blog hop posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for retweets on #ThankfulThursday and grow your readershp.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #5

photo found here.

Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Post Cruise Lessons: Use the Safe

I know I have been out of the loop and away for a while. I was trying to compile all the different things that I had learned while on the cruise and I will put together a list post later with them.

At the moment I am just ranting. About what?

The fact that when I checked my account balances today on one of my cards, there were charges I did not place there... in a city... wait... a state I dont live in.

And it isnt a store I purchased something from online or anything like that.

I called my company and they told me there are several pending charges that did not go through because the balance could no support them ( I have my account set up to not allow overdrafts but to decline transactions that are not supported by the balance)

I know that saved my rear!

There were pending transactions from Target and two other stores the day I came back from the cruise before a transaction (three actually) went through from Staples. Two of the exact same amount and the third of less than $20. Leaving my account drained save $80.

My card company told me that one of the transactions was even verified with the last three numbers on the back of my card... so this means it wasnt just that fancy scanny machine people warn you about that steals your number... this was someone writing my information down!

I called the police department to file a report and the lady told me it has happened to her multiple times and she no longer hands her card over while in the drive threw because it has happened more than once like that to her!

So how do I think this happened?

One day on the cruise I used said card at the atm, it then did not go back into the same place in my wallet as my other cards. My wallet was either with me or zipped in a pocket in my bag during all times of the cruise.

Cruise lesson of the day.... even if your stuff is in your bag out of site... still use the safe that is provided... catch 22 about the safe... you need a credit card (not your ship card) to use it and to open it late, the safe remembers you magnetic strip. I vote you bring your library card or your kroger card.

breath. 1. 2. 3. okay. I have also contacted the cruise line regarding this. We will see what they say.




Friday, July 15, 2011

We are back!

So while we are back from cruise, I am not yet back to blogging. It is not very often the five of us are together so I am trying to soak up every moment.

No worries.... I will have pictures and stories and all kinds of things to tell you about.

Is there anything specific you are already wishing I would tell you... let me know... and I might start there :-)


I have actually spent the morning... since everyone is sleeping... fixing my comments. :-) you should now be able to see how many comments each post has and comment from there! yay!

Finish it Friday- Elly-phants!

Today is once again Finish it Friday!
Dont you hate it when you get started telling a story and something happens and you get cut short. That is kinda what this is. On Wednesday I host a Wordless Wednesday Whirl.
A caption-less picture. A story only half told. I hope that as readership and comments grow Finish it Friday will become an opportunity to highlight captions created by readers on the Wednesday post in addition to sharing with you the story behind the picture.



A good friend from college just recently had an adorable baby girl. To share in the excitement I sewed an elephant and sent it to her.



My niece's birthday was at the same time. My niece got the purple one, with the button eyes, because she is older. And Teigan got the pink one. The Wednesday picture was a close up of the pink elephant's foot with the <3T I embroidered on

It was a lot of fun to make, I used a pattern from Joann.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday- Luggage!


Without this large luggage set, that I got 60% off day after thanksgiving, I would not currently be able to enjoy a cruise in style.

Well actually I would have found something to put my clothes in even if it ended up being a trash bag... but still... this is so much nicer!


It is great to remember the little things in life that make you happy more regularly than only in November!

     Each week write a post on something you are thankful for (and why) and then check the posts of your fellow blog hop members to comment on and share their posts as well. Need inspiration? Check out past Thankful Thursday posts.

     To join, simply enter your link information below and copy the code to your own Thankful Thursday blog hop posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for retweets on #ThankfulThursday and grow your readershp.
     Add your link below and don't forget to copy and paste the code to add to your Thankful Thursday blog hop posts.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl #4



Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award


I am sure you are not surprised if you are a regular visitor, that when I say I was deemed worthy of an award... it came from my Blogging BFF!
Brittany, the Diva you find at Ramblings of a Diva, is an awesome blogger and with as much as I tell you to go over there... I would hope you already have... but if you havent... Do it now! :-)
I have told you about her before... but maybe you want to know why she blogs... it is a great question and it gives you a lot of insight into her person:
"I blog because I wanted a way I can work for myself from home and support them [my family] and all of their dreams. I blog because I want to give them more than I had growing up. I blog because I was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2008 and being diagnosed changed my life. It changed my outlook on the world."
Now, she actually already selected some of the amazing bloggers I would have selected... but there are so many more!
so here it is...
So the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Tell us seven things about yourself.
  • Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers. 

Things about me.... this is harder, because I dont want to use the same ones from when I was awarded the Adorable Blog award.
  1. I am an avid curb shopper.
  2. I own a Balloon Stuffing Machine... see it here
  3. I felt like the word "I" was occurring too often so I went back to B's post to reread her's... I'm good. 
  4. I like to bake and have a double oven to support that obsession.
  5. Going to the pool and laying on a float is my favorite summer activity.
  6. I am a christian but dont think it is something to rub in a person's face, because I am no more perfect than anyone else because of it.
  7. My favorite colors to wear are in this order Pink, Green, Purple, Blue, Brown
Now... who should I pass this torch too....

  1. Classy Career Girl  - A girl on a search for success, happiness and balance. I love this blog, she has great tips for the workplace.
  2. Amy from A little Nosh - "My goal is to give you real tips on how to get a good, healthy dinner on the table in a timely manner." I love cooking ideas!
  3. Erin at Two more seconds - "I like photography and doing crafty things like sewing and quilting -- when I'm not being too much of a perfectionist to finish them to my liking. I can cook semi-well, I am mediocre at keeping a clean house, but I kick butt at having fun with my sons and playing the Wii." Her photography is beautiful!
So I know I am supposed to pick 10.. but I am also supposed to be packing for the cruise... instead I am scheduling a post for while I am away.. but I cant spend anymore time on this one :-/ 

I will continue the list when I return!

Happy blogging and award giving!

Monday, July 11, 2011

7-11!!!!!

I wrote a post, and i went to schedule it for 7-11 and then realized that post was not 7-11 worthy!

I love the slushyness and the hot dogs that can be found at 7-11.

One time I went to a gas station just to buy deodorant... what is the oddest thing you have ever bought at a convenience store... where you glad the convenience was there lol

hehe it is posted at 7:11 LOL i crack myself up :-)

make it a great day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Road trip memories

What are some of your favorite road trips you have ever been on?

The drive down to the port in Galveston is in no way my longest road trip, but I expect it to be one of the most fun.

I have rented a mini- van to tote all five of us and I will be driving the 6 hour drive. :-)

I know it is short... it is hard to think what to write while my mind is already cruising but my blog is being left behind LOL

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cruise is HERE!!!!

So you read this we are either A. driving to cruise or B. on it!!!!

so you might remember from yesterday's post I mentioned that the final cruise gift would not be revealed until today.. the day of cruise!

It is a gift from Auntie Annie. She sent it to my house and I cried when I opened it because it is just so cute and perfect!



They are necklaces. I love them. Green colored mother of pearl peas!

they were purchased from Sudlow Jewlery, she sells things via Etsy.com
She even has a newsletter! Sign up if you want to get one here!
You should check out here other items. She is very talents, the items are beautiful, well made and they came to me in record time with a hand written thank you note!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cruise Countdown- 1 days

So I know everyone has been following on the edge of their seats... ooooh so excited to know what the next cruise gift will be!

Well the last gift of the countdown is a gift from my aunt... not from me... but I am not going to post what it is yet... because I want the cousins to be surprised and I am not revealing the secret until we are driving down to cruise tomorrow.

No never fear... the blogging will continue! I have posts scheduled for while I am away... so you will still find out what the gift is... just tomorrow!

Stay tuned!

Finish it Friday- Counting down!

Today is once again Finish it Friday!
Dont you hate it when you get started telling a story and something happens and you get cut short. That is kinda what this is. On Wednesday I host a Wordless Wednesday Whirl.
A caption-less picture. A story only half told. I hope that as readership and comments grow Finish it Friday will become an opportunity to highlight captions created by readers on the Wednesday post in addition to sharing with you the story behind the picture.
Click to see this week's Wordless Wednesday Whirl post


I have been counting down the days until the cruise that my cousins are going on... I started this chain to count down the work days left... yesterday I got to tear up that last one... and it was amazing!

Today the last of the cousins come into town... I am so excited!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cruise Countdown- 2 days

SO CLOSE! This evening two of the five cousins will be flying in... that means four of the five will be in TEXAS!

My cousins will get to see my house for the first time and we will be all five together for the first time in forever!

In case you have missed it... I am going on a cruise and I am currently in the middle of a Cruise Countdown Series!
Each day I have posted a gift the cousins can expect to recieve when they get here.

So what will it be today?!


Everyone is asking for pictures.... so we need a waterproof camera... but why one?! We each need one! so FIVE it is!


on top of this I will have my digital camera for all non water and sand events... the digital camera will not be leaving the boat lol

At the end of the cruise all cameras will be staying with me for developing and such.

If you arent excited yet... then i dont know what I need to do for tomorrow to get you there?!



Previous countdown gifts:

Day 3
Day 4
Day 5