Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Motivation & Random Nonsense...

Happy Monday!!!
Happy!!
Oh, I wish!

I definitely need coffee, Jesus & a fire lit under my behind this morning!



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I love that!

Look again!
There is nothing you cannot do!

I've been running feverishly through this house for two weeks trying to store winter things, get out spring things & just organize in general. Being organized at home gives me an energy rush like none other...I LOVE to get off the bench & into the ballgame by getting a leg up on this messy house!

Last week I moved all my eBay & Etsy selling operations upstairs in a little corner up in my craft room (something I have wanted to do FOREVER)...



I would love to have one of those craft rooms that was just so beautiful & organized that I could share & y'all would say "ooohhhhh". If I ever post a picture of my craft room that way, you can be assured right now that it would be the BIGGEST LIE I've ever told! My craft room is a hot mess of fabric, paper, ribbons, pinks, blues, sunny colors & mis-matching hobo furniture...it is a crazy place!

That's just how my creativity flows,
I get in that hot mess, shut the door
& that it is where the magic happens!

It's my happy place!
No apologies! ;)

Anyhoooo...

I ordered a pair of these Jack Rogers sandals.
They almost lost me in the title:
Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals...


The reviews raved & raved of their cuteness & how comfy...
I'll let you know how I like them.

Here's a link if you want to check them out...

Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly (Silver/Gold) Women's Sandals

If they're "all that" I might order the blue too, those are darling!!


and I am debating about this Floral Kimono thing...
(tapping my finger on my chin...)
the fringe is intriguing,
the price is delightful...$19.99.

What do you girls think, could I pull that off?


I've seen similar ones in some local shops (not for $19.99)...
I might try this one out...
Perhaps...;)


P Daddy took Owen & his buddy to a Football Combine yesterday.
(look at the arms on these boys, good gracious)



If you're interested in playing college football,
a Combine needs to be on your to do list.

This is a type of football camp where you participate individually in different events; 40 yd dash, 20 yd shuttle run, broad jump, vertical jump, etc and they give you a "verified" time or number for each one. This "official assessment" allows scouts and recruits to find you easier, as you will be listed on the Combine's ranking list for that session and if you have a recruiting page you can say that your times are verified & that's important. This adventure has been pretty wild (& we are literally just getting started), people are serious like I have never even encountered! It is cut throat competitive in college football, that is for sure!

Anyway,
it was a pretty big day!

P Daddy said there were probably a thousand boys there!
He kept me updated with pictures
& a play by play of the entire thing...


So funny!

I love that man,
he makes me laugh! ;)

Well, speaking of Crazytown...
I am going to be on the train for it soon if I don't get out of this chair & get busy!

I will be back tomorrow to show you a fun How To Tuesday tutorial on how to make a custom photo PARTY HAT!!


My daddy makes the best model, don't you think?
You won't want to miss this one! ;)

Happy Monday, Crazytown Friends!!

Mwah,

Mandy








Sunday, March 22, 2015

Door Candy from LooLeighs Charm Shop

Y'all know how much I adore Etsy!
I love to sell there and shop!

While we were snowed in last month,
I did some Etsy shopping on the ipad...
from the recliner (covered with quilts & wiener dogs), 
there are so many wonderful different things on their site!

For the past couple of years I have used some simple burlap wreaths on my front doors, but have been itching to have something bright & fun for spring!

On Etsy,
I found the perfect prissy door candy at this fun little shop called
LooLeighs Charm Shop!


Brooke customized these exactly how I wanted them
and I wanted to share them with you guys because they are
SO MUCH PRETTIER in person,
and they are HUGE!


They were a little bit more than I wanted to spend,
but I could not be happier with how they turned out!

If you're looking for something sassy & fun,
I highly recommend you check out her shop!




Now, I need to get the rest of this ratchet hobo looking porch slapped together!
Bless it!

I am SO happy & excited that it is finally spring!!!
Wishing y'all a beautiful, blessed Sunday!

Mwah,

Mandy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Makeover in the Kiddie Room...Pryor Family Dentistry

For someone who "doesn't work", I have a lot of "jobs"!

Aside from being a full time mama and running this crazy household, I have this blog, I do commissioned painting, I sell on Etsy, sell on eBay and I "work" for P Daddy's office, Pryor Family Dentistry. I help take care of his public relations, advertising, Facebook, I do some supply shopping, running errands, a little decorating and pretty much anything else he needs done that doesn't involve talking on the phone. Whew!

This year is his TENTH year as a dentist in Lebanon (after serving three in the Air Force), so we have been busy making updates & changes around the office to celebrate. 

He got me busy working on the Kid Waiting room recently & I'm pretty tickled with how it's turning out. It's not completely finished, but I wanted to share the progress all the same.

This enclosed room was originally intended to a consult room, but somewhere along the way it turned into a room for our little people patients (& as a mama, I know I appreciate having a space to wait where the little darlings are not bothering other adults & cannot get away). 

Anyway, it was just kind of a dreary place...dark, bland, eh! 

I was right tickled to make some changes in that frumpy little room!
Here are some before pictures,
compliments of my high school son. ;)




There is a storage closet in this little room that has housed Christmas decorations for years. The first thing we did was find a new home for that stuff & fill that monster closet up with toys! 

(Notice my E is the very best little helper...seated & staying out of mama's way) ha!


One Friday (Dr P Daddy does surgery at the hospital on Friday, so the dental office is closed), I got in there & painted while the children were off at school. 


I decided to use Sherwin Williams Napery, a yummy, light buttery color. The darker original paint is called Buckwheat by Porter Paints. 

(Before P Daddy could pop in & stop me), I got crazy & broke out out the chalkboard paint too! ;)


Then...
It snowed...


We had a lovely ice storm & we were stuck at home for a solid week! 

But, it sure was beautiful!



While we were snowed in I worked on painting this cute little table that I snagged for $15...


And I ran a makeshift redneck ski resort for snowed in high school boys...


And children...



Whew!
Fun times! 

Once it melted off I was back up at the office putting things together...

I added this darling fabric banner made by my sweet friends Angel & Amy of TaDaCreations.




Found these awesome red leather cube for seating on Zulily for $50 (for BOTH)...

I LOVE them paired with that $15 table painted in Southern Honey Chawk Paint (local friends can find this brand at Hadley & Finn on the square). 


The buckets, coloring books & toys came from home...outgrown by our babies.

The chalkboard wall...

It has obviously been a busy spot since it was painted, no doubt about that!


I also found this super cool old map that I attempted to wallpaper to the wall...


Not just any wall,
A curved wall ((that made me say bad words)).


WILL it last? 
We will find out!
But in the meantime, 
I'm liking its spunk!


These black leather chairs were already in here & are on their way out as soon as I find a suitable replacement. 

They do look fine, but this pair is part of a set of chairs that we are going to use in the new addition of the office once it is completed. 

Here's a peek:


It's pretty!! ❤️


The only thing left is having the flat screen tv mounted to the wall... 

However, I'm sure parents have enjoyed giving their children a history lesson on how to operate a VHS cassette tape on the little fat boy telly. Ha!!


Bless it! 
That's old school, baby! ;)

Here's are some before & after shots:

It is SO AMAZING what $37 worth of paint can do for a room!!

And speaking of before & afters...
Did I mention that this baby had a birthday last week? The little trout hasn't changed a bit! ❤️


Well, there it is...

Pictures of the Kid Room Makeover, 
Straight from my phone!

It's certainly not anything fancy, but it is brighter, cleaner & not nearly as scary in there now. 

Want to see it in person?
You can make an appointment by calling 615-444-7999 or request an appointment online at pryorfamilydentist.com. 



Thanks for stopping by today, friends! 
I'm headed back upstairs to the craft room to see if I can get these two to be friends...


Please, guys!!! ❤️
(I repel technology...sigh). 

Happy Thursday! 

Mwah!

Mandy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Pot of Birthday Goals

Earlier this month I saw this great blog entry on Dixie Delights. Amanda had made a list of 40 goals to accomplish this year as she turned 40 (Happy birthday, Amanda!). 

It seems like the older I get,
the faster the years fly by
and her post made me realize that
I really would accomplish a lot more if I made a list of goals for myself.




Certainly, I won't list 42 things 
(because, look a squirrel...)

but here's list of a few things I really hope to accomplish during the year that I'm forty-two:
(& dang, how on earth am I 42!?!)

1.  Get back into running.

For the past nine months I have been working on getting stronger physically & mentally, now it's time to get back into my running shoes.

I'm ready to get after it!!


2. Register for & run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2016. 

Want to go with me?!


I also want to do this race, the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston...it's March 28th this year & will be #1 on my list of goals next year!



2. Save up and buy myself a bike. 


There are lots of great trails in the area & I  cannot even tell you how happy it makes me to get outside and ride a bike!


3. Buy flowers...

When I can't cut them out of my own yard.



Fresh cut flowers are so pretty & make me happy.
I definitely want to have more happiness the year I'm forty-two.


4. Do a new bible study. 

I did Angela Thomas' Stronger this year and it was wonderful.
Any suggestions? 


5. Get some grit!

I am THE WORST about making excuses & letting things keep me from accomplishing my goals...especially fitness goals. This year, I will do better!

Put that cookie down, girl!!



6. Spend more time with Owen. 


I need to spend more individual time with all three of my kids, really. But as the second half of high school is about to begin, I can literally hear the clock ticking out loud every time he walks into the room...

and it makes me panic...

how did it go by that fast!!


7. Get out more, without kids! 
 
Seriously.
I mean put on some heels get out!



I love my kids, but every mama needs to get out!
Want to go with me?
 

8. Play some golf.

P Daddy loves golf.
I love P Daddy.
I suck at golf.
The end.
Sigh...


9. Play music at home. 

On concert level.

We're talking blasting in the kitchen while cooking dinner & randomly raising my red solo glass full of sweet tea while belting out old school Kenny Chesney play music on concert level!

(just to clear up any confusion) ;)


10. Be a better wife & spend more time with sweet P Daddy.


Being a grown up is hard.
Being a mama is also hard.
Being a grown up & being a mama, all while trying to have a romance & be a great wife...
it takes some effort...
you girls know what I'm talking about.




This man works so hard,
and I love him so much.

No amount of time spent together is enough time for me to spend with him.This year I'm definitely planning up more grown up things for us to do.


So, that's my plan.

Since I'm lucky enough to still be around at forty-two,
I'm going to live each day to the fullest!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!

Wishing y'all the greenest, pinch free St Patrick's Day!




Mwah!

Mandy






 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Motivation, Irish Blessings

What a gorgeous morning!

In honor of St Patty's tomorrow,
Monday Motivation is coming to you Irish Blessing style!



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I'm cleaning my
(kids have been home for a week on Spring Break)
nasty house today,


and then I'm going to do something I have ALWAYS wanted to do!

Before I go pick up my kids,
I'm headed into town....
to RUN!

Like on the trail,
at the park!

I hope it becomes a habit,
I can't think of a better way to soak up this cloudless, sunny, 70 degree, spring Monday!

But first I must dust, sweep, mop & scrub a few potties...



& in case you run into P Daddy today...





Tomorrow,
not next week. ;)

Come back & visit.
I'm going to tell you some things about some stuff.

Have a blessed beautiful day, friends!

Mwah,

Mandy

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