Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dressing Mama's Men...Paul Fredrick Coupon

I was recently contacted by my friends at
Paul Fredrick Menswear

about sharing a special coupon code with my blog readers.

I think they noticed that Big O
is definitely looking more like a man,
than a child...
(even though he is for sure a man/child).

I was needing to get him a sports coat &
P Daddy always likes to dress up when he
goes to teach his little class.

Paul Fredrick offers dressy and business casual menswear, as well as cufflinks, shoes, socks, belts, suspenders, and ties.

Here are a few of Big O & P Daddy's faves:

Italian Wool Solid Two-Button Peak Lapel Suit




Wool Flannel Windowpane Flat Front Pants

100% Silk Embroidered Short Sleeve Camp Shirt

(Big O's fave, ha)




100% Cotton Notch Lapel Vest



Wool Three-Button Notch Lapel Windowpane Sport Coat


They have some really high quality pieces!

& I do love their blog,
especially the entry where
they've showed you ways to style your man...
like Leo
(sigh)


LEO1




Hop over to Paul Fredrick and get your guy styled up for fall.
Use the code EDU15D when you check out. The discount will take 20% off a purchase of $150 or more and will also be available year round (& right now they are offering FREE SHIPPING on a $100 purchase as well).


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Big O...Big Weekend...

Warning!!
A brief proud mama rant ahead...

I try really hard to keep my mouth shut 
around the house about Big O lately.

I'm really, really proud of him these days & 
where my adorable middle child loves her brother to the moon & back...
she's been showing signs of being bitten by the green eyed monster.

Bless...

Since I'm pretty sure she does not read my blog 
& I'm chomping at the bit to brag on this boy...
I thought I'd get over here & 
share some Big O love with my blogging pals. ;)

First of all, 
he's just adorable...
in a wonderful, novelty, Clifford the Big Red dog kinda way.




The poor darling reminds me of a Great Dane...
completely enormous on the outside,
but is really like a chihuahua on the inside.

Sneaky E LOVES his Big O!


He seems large to me,
I can't imagine how big he must seem to Evan!

Anyway,
I must brag on this giant child.

He brought home his progress report from school...
All A's & B's...
Honors English, Honors Spanish2, Honors Geomety & Chemistry are all on his plate. 
Happiness makes you work harder, I guess.

He is loving football,
even though their team is young & they are struggling this season...
they're all heart & they make me so proud!


(Big O is in the white jersey)
((this is one of approximately 20 tackles he made in last night's game))

Last night we drove 90 minutes to watch him play ball.
Then 90 minutes home...
We all got in the bed after midnight...
yawn!

Thought we would all die having to get up at 6:30 for Sherry's Run...
this mama is just too old for that staying out late mess,
I felt like a train had run me over & decided to just walk the 5K with my littles.
(& I use the term littles loosely here since clearly there is only one of them left now)



I didn't even wake Big O up when I left because 
I knew he would be worn out from that ballgame...

I could not believe my eyes when I saw THIS




He RAN the 5K in 24:10 this morning & made it look like a breezy stroll..
this boy's work ethic never stops impressing me!

I must say, it sure is good to see someone young & 
healthy taking full advantage of God's wonderful gifts!

I do love this darling, giant man child...
these days I feel so, so blessed to be a part of his life. 

A mama just had to brag for a minute. ;)

Love you, Big O!!

Wishing y'all the most divine September weekend!

Mwah!!
Mandy


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Foget...


I will never, ever forget that day...
just a mere two weeks before I found out I was pregnant with Olivia...
just a mere two weeks after P Daddy officially joined the United States Air Force dentist residency...
just a mere million hours (it seemed like) before we heard that my sister was safely evacuated in Washinton, DC.

Please join me in praying for the victims and the families today.
& Never forget!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Tale of Two (FREE) Shelves...

Over the past few months my sister 
has started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I think I shared a little dresser that she did when she
was visiting this summer. 

It turned out great & 
left her hungry to paint more! ;)

A few weeks ago a friend of hers was giving away 
these two knotty pine shelves...



Oh, my gosh...
is she a lucky duck or what?!?!

She immediately broke out a can of Duck Egg Blue 
& got after them!

She has two boys...
her painting time is scarce. 
Her ANYTHING time is scarce!



A little nap time painting here,



a little nap time painting there...



and pretty soon she had one (clear) waxed & 
ready to move into her living room...


Pretty big difference!

Here's the first one all cozy in her living room.
I'm not sure if the other one is going to be its twin or not.



I'll keep you posted. ;)
I do love a FREE piece of furniture!

Great job, Kim!
This looks gorgeous!!

***********************

September is running, 
full steam ahead!

High School football in full swing,
middle school volleyball on the verge of winding down
& pee wee football getting ready to take off!



At the rate we're going, 
it'll be time to put up the Christmas tree before I know it!
Whew!!

I've slowly started making some little changes around the house.
I love to "redecorate" using things I already have.
I'll try & share some pictures...
a few little changes go a long way!

And then there's me living with these snarky kids...


Sigh...
I do love them anyway though. ;)

I'll be back to tell you about a new product that I love...



and what all I've been doing with it!!



Wishing y'all the most wonderful (fall y'all) Wednesday! :)
Mwah!

Mandy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Operation Lunchbox...Uncrustables Frozen Sandwiches

We are closing in on the end of 
the fourth week of school here!
I can hardly believe it!

My children have taken their lunch
to school EVERY day too!
I can hardly believe that either!!

I've been hot & heavy keeping my pantry lunchbox stocked!
(secret pantry that is, the little rats never think to look in kitchen closet under the stairs)
((wicked laugh....bahaha)) ;)

At the grocery E has begged me to buy these nasty
Smucker's Uncrustable Sandwiches in the freezer section.



I'm sorry, people...
These are just not good for you,
sooooo much sugar &
added junk.
Blah!!

I hunted around & found a way to make my own on Pinterest 
(of course).
But I forgot to pin the source!!
(of course)

I made a few of these & put them in the freezer
(because my life revolves around food I can freeze, it's genetic).

By lunch time they are thawed perfectly...
but still cool, not soggy.

That night the peeps were quick to let me know how they were...

Big O said those ham sandwiches were the best he'd ever had!

Miss O said that was the yummiest pb&j EVER!!

Sneaky E said "don't ever put those in my lunchbox again"

Two outta three...
ha!

So, I thought I would quickly share 
the making of 
lunch box uncrustable sandwhiches 
right here in P Mama's Kitchen.

Here are the things we used this week...


Nature's Own Whole Wheat Bread
Boar's Head Ham (my kids like it shaved, falling apart)
Sliced American Cheese
Mayo
All Fruit brand, Strawberry Jelly
Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter (see, I don't hate Smucker's) 
& sharpie for labeling 
foil for freezing

I started off laying out my sandwich bottoms and measuring with my Pampered Chef cutter gently pressing down to leave a circle imprint (because sometimes my kids help me & this keeps food from being cut off & wasted).



Then, I added my sandwich ingredients to each circle spot
(seriously, nothing fancy).

I just used a half a piece of cheese for each one, 
that's plenty since the circle is smaller than a normal sandwich.



Then I put the sandwich tops on & pressed my cutter down to seal the edges.



Sometimes they are beautiful & seal all the way around,
sometimes they just look ugly & don't.
(you get what you get & you don't throw a fit)

Sometimes I keep the crusts to use later to make croutons.




(yeah, right)
((I do aspire though))


Most of the time I toss them to the birds &
maybe share one or two with my vicious attack dogs.




I wrapped each one in foil, 
labeled them with a sharpie...
maybe drew a heart on there too...
gotta let them know mama loves. :)




Then, packed them in my freezer door,
ready for a lovely week at school!
The picture above is Big O's sandwhich pile for the week...
that kid is eating me out of the house!!!

I don't always cut off Big O's crusts, but how can I not!?! Nothing says "Mama's Boy" quite like my giant, tenth grade son nibbling on a crustless fancy lil sammich in the high school cafeteria. ;)




In the morning, I grab these out of the door when I pack lunches.
I make Sneaky E one FRESH, of course...
that rotten little monster! 

Oh, speaking of school...
my little nephews got off to pre-school this week.
I die!
They are so cute, 
I just want to put kisses all over their little faces!!




And, a friend of mine shared this picture from her daughter's homework
that I could not help but share....
I laughed out loud (to be honest)!!



Too funny!

Well, I've got to get these little darlings ready for bed. 
Friday is coming for us,
football,
softball try outs...

Whew!!!

Wishing y'all dreams of high school football, college football & pro...
it's finally Football Time in Tennessee!!!



Mwah!

Mandy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Nibbles...

I just realized that it's August 24th...
Labor Day weekend is upon us!
Summer is OVER!!!
Yikes!!!

Let's get caught up, shall we?
Here are a few nibbles from the P House this month...

1.

I've taken on a commissioned job to paint a cutie kitchen...
I don't normally do cabinets, but this is a small job & how on earth could I walk away from an opportunity to paint kitchen cabinets in Provence blue!?!?

I swoon!!



2.

My little chickens have gotten off to school!

10th grade, 7th grade & 2nd grade...
seriously, how did that happen!?!

(& yes, I sobbed like a baby watching Big O DRIVE OFF to school for the first time...stab mama in the heart a dozen times, why don't ya!)

3.

The Sneaky E Dyslexia Adventure has taken a turn...
but it deserves its own post.

Good things are happening in that department!



4. 

So, I might have mentioned...
Our kids are attending PUBLIC SCHOOL this year.
(We have exceptional public schools & teachers here, we are very fortunate.)

Yes, we thought private school has just gotten too expensive.
(newsflash, college is coming at us...fast)
No, none of our kids were kicked out of private school. (really now, people)
Yes, it was mostly our kid's decision to make this change ((& they are in there gettin' after it))!

& No, we do not regret our decision.

(cough, cough) ;)

Moving on...

5.

I per-ordered this book...
I comes out in October!

I absolutely loved Rhett Butler's People, I have not a doubt that this one will be just as good!
(did I mention that Mammy is my hero???)
((I can't wait to read it))




6.

Big O played in his first real VARSITY football game Friday night...
My nerves were so tore up, I didn't eat a bite all day long!!!


This boy...
Oh, how I love him!!


7.

Speaking of football...
I am about to DIE for real football season to begin!!



We stay so busy through the week,
nothing makes me happier than Saturday
snuggling with my people,
in the recliner,
watching college football!!!
♥♥♥♥

8.

The Ice Bucket Challenge...

I am all about helping people & donating to charity...
I've been known to donate clothing to school children & slip cash into the pockets!
I am all about helping others! 

I, in no way mean to be disrespectful to anyone who has done this challenge, I think it's amazing how much money has been raised for this cause!

However, I'm going nicely say that I would like to challenge Americans:
to do a dance,
jump in the pool with clothes on,
kiss a monkey,
or something...

Just please stop wasting water. 
((I know, every party has a pooper...))




I noticed someone on Facebook this weekend saying they were going to CALL OUT the people who had ignored their challenge.
(ahem)

Things to consider:
Not everyone has money to donate.
Shaming someone publicly is (bullying) not cool.
The end.
;)


9.

I got football on the brain right now...
did I mention that? ;)





10.

Can I just share how darling my daddy was this past Friday night?

Headed out to cheer for his grandson, who is a third generation Blue Devil.
Daddy has on a polo that has been hiding in the back of his closet for 20 years!

P Daddy & I teased him about the embroidery on the breast...
shirt so old, it might been done by hand!! LOL



Ah, good times ahead for our family...
love me some Blue Devil Pride!

Well, 
I guess I'd better go help Miss O.
We (& when I say we, I mean ME)
painted her bedroom,
ripped out her closet,
painted that,
put in a new closet system...

NOW we are getting ready for the floor guys
to come in the morning & put down some hardwood.

You can imagine the dread.
OMGosh, it's a mess up there!!
(hold me!!!)

Wishing y'all a blessed, beautiful Sunday!
I'll be back to share a couple of finished paint jobs tomorrow.

Mwah,

Mandy


















Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just Like That...

I am in the car. 
Waiting. 
The story of my life lately. 
School has started, people!
& I bet I'm not the only mama living in her car. 

It's been pretty busy around here lately. Aside from getting my kids back in school & painting like an absolute fool...I've gotten my behind back to the gym!

(Warning: personal, fool rambling ahead)

Last month I woke up & decided that I was sick of being miserable, flabby & funky...

In all honesty, I think I've been a little depressed. Between the death of my dear friend Sharare, homeschool & driving the dyslexia school bus to Murfreesboro, P Daddy being super busy with the office AND working on a dental certification in implants (& as blessed as I am that he trusts me to be in charge of our home & children while he accomplishes this goal...it is draining & exhausting for P Mama)...life has just seemed to jump off the tracks these past few months...((like off the tracks & over a small cliff))!

I've wanted to try this (what appeared to be miserable & impossible) class at the gym for a few years now...but I've been TOO SCARED!! 

One morning after falling asleep praying...I woke up & realized I needed some extreme change to get my train moving again. ((Thus leading me to say "hey, I might die...but, I'm doing that awful class...ha!))

Today...
((Just for fun...))
I decided to document,
before...


And after
60 minutes of
Body By Will...

Lifting two 20 pound weights (cough, barely), planks, sprints, more planks, more weights, lunges, more sprints, bear crawls (hiss, spit) & a few other horrible things I've already blocked out of my mind...

I'm still alive! ☺️



Mostly because for the past two months, Will has taught me that in order to get stronger I've got to compete with me..."be the best you that you can be", he said.  

I may always be the weakest link in that class (don't make me tell you about the day we had to carry a partner up a hill on our backs & nobody wanted to be my partner). ;)

I'll probably always get smoked by women ten plus years older than me...
and that's ok (because they're my heroes). ☺️

The point is, I drug my wussy butt up there & I tried to be the best Mandy I can be. 

I did hard stuff & I didn't die! 

I know that I can face that (other) hard stuff now too! 

If you're local & you want to give it a try, come on up there! We will get after it & I'll cheer you on...be the best you that you can be! 

"Just like that", as Will always says! ❤️

**********

I am finishing this blog entry while the volleyball team warms up...I'm merely minutes away from jumping back in the car to take E to football. 

I will be back, I've got a dozen new paint projects to show you!!

Wishing y'all the most lovely Thursday!

Mwah,

Mandy ☺️

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Men...that I LOVE!

I was just (standing there folding clothes)
thinking the other day...

there are a few men that I just love,
I mean...absolutely ADORE 
(for various & specific reasons)
with all my heart!

When I gave it some thought...
what a void!
My life wouldn't be the same without them in it. 

I decided right then,
I needed to break from reality for a minute
& blog about them. :)

Of course my number one men would always be
Jesus...
then my sweet daddy &
precious P Daddy,
but these men on my list deserve a little recognition too.

Some sing, some act,
some write, some paint &
some are not even real people at all.

Welcome to my top ten...
a list of pop culture
(real & fictional) men,
that I just love! ;)

Let's start the countdown...

10. Paul McCartney (& The Beetles)

His music is an instant time portal in my mind...
it was playing my entire childhood!
My parents had a chance to meet him & his wife Linda when they lived in Lebanon one summer (this first picture is Paul with my Uncle Doug & wife, Libby).

We saw him in concert about four years ago...it was an experience of a lifetime!
I do love me some Sir Paul.





9. Elvis Presley

My Granny was the biggest Elvis fan.

We're talking a huge fan!




I feel an instant connection with her anytime his face or music crosses my path.
I've tried hard to keep his musical memory alive for my children to have that same connection with her too. 
My grandfather was not a huge fan of his (probably because my granny loved him so much) & I always loved his animated dislike anytime his name was mentioned. ;)



8. Fictional Character "Han Solo"



I do love Harrison Ford as well, but his work as Han Solo is my favorite...
his sarcasm & modest heroism will always have a place in my heart.

(besides) How many times in my childhood did this fall out of my mouth?

Laugh it up, fuzzball!
--HAN SOLO, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
 

7. Clark Gable

I can't explain it & have it make any sense.

I love Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
In my mind, he IS Rhett...it's just that simple.
I love Gone With the Wind, I love Rhett, the end. ;)




But he also reminds me of my grandfather, who passed away when I was 14.
I was the biggest Poppa's Girl, I loved him so much...I still tear up when a smell or a song stirs a memory of him. Clark Gable in The Misfits took my breath away & I love to watch that one and think of my sweet poppa with his sweet slicked back hair.




6. Morgan Freeman, actor 
Oh, my goodness...
he's awesome!
He's just awesome!
We don't have time for me to list all the things I love about this man.
Awesome will serve. ;) 



5. Chevy Chase
I have the truest love for Chevy Chase mainly because the characters he has played remind me so much of my daddy. Having someone make me laugh is one of my most favorite things. He has made me laugh for as long as I can remember and is a true beloved person in my world. 




4. John Candy
Try to imagine life without John Candy movies...
I'll wait...
Yeah, that's what I thought.
You just can't.
He was a hilariously, giant teddy bear.
I still get a lump in my throat when I think of his passing so young.
He was definitely someone I would have wanted to meet in real life.



3. Steve Martin
I think I fell completely head over heels in love with Steve Martin during his 3 mintue cameo in the original Muppet Movie.

This man has had me laugh with tears...over & over again.
If the characters he played were no so much like my own daddy, I would for sure wish that he were mine.  I could sit here all evening trying to decide which movie of his is my favorite...I honestly cannot decide!




2. Andy Griffith
How I love this man...
I grew up watching The Andy Griffith show &
I have the greatest appreciation for having such a wonderful, respected male character as a role model.
When he appeared in that Brad Paisley video I cried like a baby, he was just so precious!
  

and my 1. Ronald Reagan
Could any man in history be more beloved? 
He was precious!
In addition to being my favorite president, he was in the White House during the period of my childhood when my grandfather passed away. He's another beloved male with slicked back hair that I will always respect and adore. 

I will forever be grateful that he was the leader of our country, what a wonderful man he was!


 

Honorable mention:

(because, I could go on & on & on....haha)

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird...gentlemen, take note...that's a real man right there!
Mike Myers as Wayne, as Cat in the Hat, as Austin Powers...hilarious
Kermit the Frog, I still tear up singing The Rainbow Connection
Spencer Tracy, his movies...I cannot pick a fave
Jimmy Stewart...he is just beloved!!!
Garth Brooks, read my rambling real life encounter with him here
JR Ewing, I refuse to apologize...I loved that evil man! ;)
Horatio Craine, CSI Miami...shamelessly adored
Claude Monet...my favorite artist, his work rocks my soul
Peyton Manning, a true class act in a sea of often poor quality individuals
Robin Williams, he's made me laugh since Mork
Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor & Mr Howell, you know you loved them too
The Rock, Dwayne Johnson...he's hilarious, especially in Disney movies
Harry Connick Jr, his music...his pride of being southern, swoon
and lastly,
Jake Ryan...yes, even if he doesn't know I exist. ;) 
Notice I am not listing heart throbs here...
here's my one & only heart throb,
going on  23 years (holy mercy)



love me some P Daddy ;)
 
Who are your favorites?
I would really love to know.
Please leave a comment here or comment over on my facebook page.
I'd like to put together a list of my READER favorites...
that would be fun! 
I'm headed to the garage, it's cooling down
& I'm going to get some painting done.

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Mwah,

Mandy





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