Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Louisville, KY Trip

So my oldest daughter and I took a weekend trip to celebrate her 15th birthday (a few months late)....
Note: I don't usually do big birthday celebrations. For example, last year the poor kid got a cake - nothing else! However, I thought that we could have 'mom and daughter' time - something we don't get a chance to do very often....

It started out great!

I had planned for a good time in Louisville, Ky. Hair cuts, and color, eating out someplace nice, a full day and half of thrift store shopping, a great hotel complete with swimming, a hot tub, popcorn, soda, movies, painting our nails, eating birthday cake and living it up.... just her and me.

Let's just say... Louisville had other ideas.....

 I-65 had construction  most of the way there.... which made us delayed, but we stayed positive, singing with the radio and eating junk food! After driving for a few hours, we had very full bladders. We get to our first destination, only to discover that they had no public restrooms. 

Holding our bladder, we headed to our hair appointments... we got there just in time! I had heard good things about Paul Mitchel Schools, so thought we'd give it a try. I wanted a shoulder length cut with lots of layers (what I usually get) Faith wanted dark brown low lights. My stylist thought shoulder length meant chin length. She messed the cut up so badly, that the teacher had to fix it.... and 3 hrs. later, Faith ended up with blonde and red highlights.... which is kinda funny since that was never mentioned when we picked out the deep brown color sample....and I specifically said no red! Faith's hair actually turned out nice - we both liked it, it just wasn't what we asked for.


We headed to our hotel to get checked in, go for a swim and relax....but, that was not to be! Our room had food on the floor, one bed not made completely, blood on the other bed, and a half used roll of toilet tissue. The pool was green and the hot tub was a cesspool. We got a refund and got out of there as fast as we could!

Then came the search for another hotel... Here's where my phone was running low on battery and I realized that I had forgot to pack my charger! Anyway, hotel #2 wanted $189 for one night, hotel #3 was booked full, hotel #4 -The Baymont was available, reasonably priced, nice and CLEAN, and a friendly staff - we took it! 
We got checked in, relaxed and got ready for our dinner reservations at Bone Fish Grill.

For dinner, we ordered an appetizer of lamb chops.... but I forgot to tell them well done, I tried a bite, but I can't eat red meat with blood on the plate -that just ain't going to happen! On to the main dish, Faith got a fresh fish haddock with rice and garlic mashed potatoes..... I got the lobster tail with garlic potatoes and steamed broccoli.... two make a long story short, the best thing about the meal was the water... and the rice. I had to send my complete meal back to the kitchen. Our sever was great and the atmosphere was pleasant, but we decided not to waste our money trying desert!


After the failed dinner, I was starving. We decided to keep with our plan. Next on our list was to get a birthday cupcakes at Gigi's bakery to enjoy back at the hotel room.... we knew that we were tight on time, but was keeping an eye on the clock (the stoplights in Louisville are the longest ever - we timed a couple of them at 3 min. long!). We watch the bakery close a whole 10 min. early as we pull in the parking lot....! (It wasn't just us - there was another guy who was trying to get in too, but the girls at the counter didn't mind at all!) 

We drive around for the next hour looking for a place to buy cake and settled for Walmart... come to find out - the 1st Walmart doesn't sell baked goods.... the second Walmart did.... we bought our cheap Walmart cake, in our fancy clothes, and headed back to the hotel!
Note: Let me also say Walmart in KY is quite different from the ones around here, but they gave us some good laughs (including Turkeys - but you'd have to have been there to get that joke!)! One employer thought we looked so nice all dressed up that we had to be from Tennessee! (I guess he doesn't think Indiana folks can dress up!)

 By this time we were ready to enjoy a good swim..... guess what... it decided to storm and since the pool was outside, that wasn't going to work. We decided to eat our cheap cake and watch TV only to find that there wasn't any good shows on to watch.... we settled for House Hunters then I took a bath while Faith text her friends..... and that was the end of the first day.

We did sleep really good (the hotel had great pillows, which we got extra), woke up the next morning late for the hotel breakfast, so we stopped around the corner at Bob Evans. Let me insert here - Bob Evans hot chocolate is awesome... I should have just got that, but since we were having a special trip, we ordered breakfast.... the pancakes were mushy, eggs were watery and overall, we left the food on our plates, and wasted $30 right then and there. 

We set off for a full day of thrift shopping, but after 3 hours of not finding parking, dingy, dirty thrift stores with high prices, and seeing every street in Louisville, we decided to get out of there.... which wasn't as easy as it sounded... after following their detour signs (which were wrong and took us in circles a couple times, and having my daughter look up the wrong map. I said screw it, and found my own way out.... (Thank you Dad for my sense of direction.)

Note: The highlights were driving by the river, some really old churches, and the naked guy a few times!

We headed towards home, and decided to make a stop in Nashville, IN (Stephen and I took our honeymoon there.) and spent the rest of the day walking through their little shops. We had fun dressing up for a bad girls photo, eating gelatin ice cream, buying Faith clothes, (Our favorite little store was Too Cute - Faith got some awesome clothes at a great price!), and wooden alligators to bring home for the two little kids....


Overall, we made lots of memories, laughed until we cried, and had a great mom/daughter time together!

It was a beautiful day for traveling.... I have always, and probably, will always, love to travel (I wish I could get paid to do it!)....


 .....but It's always a wonderful feeling pulling in my drive and knowing I'm home!

Have you been to Louisville? What places are your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Turn An Old Chicken Coop Into A She Shed

We moved the chickens to the barn and turned an old chicken coop into a 'She Shed'.

Our oldest daughter, Faith (15 yrs.) shares a small bedroom with her 6 yr. old little sister. There's not a lot of room, and with their nine year age difference, they don't have a lot in common. So, I thought we'd make a 'She Shed' for Faith to use as her own art studio... a place to get away, a place to relax, a place to breath.

We took out the nest boxes, roosts, and all things chicken related, gave the whole thing a good scrub with Shaklee Basic H2 and Basic G to disinfect it, and let it dry.

Then we mixed up The Prairie Homestead's Whitewash (we added 1 bottle of purple rite dye to tint it), and the kids and I got busy painting it on. We didn't quite have enough to do the floor, so left it original. I was planning on painting it white, but never got that done. (story of my life...)


 It really brightened up the inside. After the white wash dried, we hung a new curtain, sheers, laid a new rug down on the floor, and brought out a saucer chair, stand, lamp, and a vase of flowers to make it cozy. We added my daughter's easel, rubber-maid drawers, and hubby attached a counter top for a small work space. (I would still like to add a chandelier and some more comfy seating, but I am trying to make it on a shoestring budget, so I'll wait till I find what I need thrift shopping.)


We hung my daughter's paintings, drawings, and photography on the walls!

I love the outcome. Some days, when the kids are being noisy, and I need some quite time, I'll go out there and curl up in the chair, shut the door, soak up the peacefulness, and see how long it will take before someone starts yelling 'mom'!!

You can see more of my daughter's paintings, drawings, photography, and writings here. She also does personalized logos and blog editing for individuals and businesses. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Happiness Dare Giveaway

I love this book and want you to love it too, so.... 
I'm giving away a copy - right here on my blog... keep reading to enter!

The last couple years, I have been choosing to have more joy in my life. We have gotten rid of clutter, figured out priorities, cut back on stress in our life, and paid off our home. Life is good, but you know what??? Joy and happiness are two different things -and my life could use a lot more holy happiness in it!

Get this.... God is a Happy God - and He wants us to be Happy!

A. W. Tozer said that the people of God "ought to be the happiest people in all the wide world!" I think too often as Christians, we put a limit on our happiness in God.
 In The Happiness Dare, Jennifer says "God gave us the created world - with sugar, bluebirds, audio books, words with friends, art museums, and sex. You have permission to enjoy food, friendships, and a cool swim on a hot summer day. the devil didn't make art, laughter, music, or Sunday afternoon naps. God did!"

I read lots of self-help books and I enjoy the challenge of "trying to figure me and other people out." I have learned a lot and am fond of the 4 Types in Dressing Your Truth (I'm a Type 3 by the way) and the personality profile in Personality Plus. So, finding my happiness style makes me happy! You see, I'm an Experiencer 1st and a Thinker 2nd. I love adventures and alone time!

For years, I have tired to fit in at extended family get-togethers. Social gatherings leave me exhausted. I have never liked getting or giving gifts for holidays. (I like the music, lights, hot chocolate and the smell of cinnamon!) I don't like making big deals out of birthdays..... In my business - I don't push sales, I let people come to me! The more I try to fit in and do those type of things, the worse I feel....! Turns out, that kind of stuff doesn't make me happy - it stresses me out! My happiness style is not a relater or giver.... (don't get me wrong, everyone can be a friend to someone and help someone out) but, to try to be somebody that you aren't is NOT going to make you happy! I think, I've always known this, but reading The Happiness Dare was so affirming for me.

 I love the happiness style quiz... I've taken it 3 times in one month (yes, I have a tendency to over think things)! My hubby and kids have also taken it.... my books pages are already wrinkled, words are underlined and have been read and reread!

 "The art of being happy lives in the power of extracting happiness from common things." -Henry Ward Beecher  - Flowers, sunsets, music, bubble baths, and alone time make me happy! I am actively finding my sweet spot - the place where earthly pleasures, heavenly joy, and my unique wiring all come together - that is my Happy Kingdom Come!

If you are in a hole of unhappiness, Jennifer teaches you that it only takes 5 min. a day to build a ladder, one rung at a time, to get out of the hole and become a happier you! If you are out of the hole of unhappiness, and your life is happy - maybe you need to jump in, and help someone climb out... Understanding someones happiness style can help you understand them better.

We become happier by changing the way we think- by finding happiness in our own life - by being "good enough' - by using our happiness (no matter how small amount it may be) as a powerful weapon - by being grateful!

"Gratitude is Happiness doubled by wonder." - G. K. Chesterton 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DIY Bookcase Redo

It doesn't take much to give your book case a whole new makeover! 
You can accomplish it with very little cost and a little bit of time.

Step 1: Take everything out of the bookcase, including the shelves.

Step 2: Take off the back. It is easiest if you lay the bookcase front side down on the floor.


Step 3: Lay lace (you could also use material, wall paper or even paint the back a bright color.) down on the top where the back originally was. Pull snug.

Step 4: Lay back on top and nail back on.

Step 5: Stand upright. Place shelves back in.


Step 6: Put you're books back in!

Note: The key to a good looking bookcase isn't so much in the bookcase as much as it's what and how to put things in the bookcase! Group books of the same color or kind together. Have some laying down and some standing up. Add in a few collectibles (anything you love). I added a blue antique bedside glass tray, pitcher, and cup. A sprig of greenery, my letter "K", my Grandma's elephants, and our dream catcher from Arizona.


NOTE: I decided to paint my bookcase black after I finished, so I took it all apart for the second time, painted it, and put it all back together! I really like the finished look! It goes great in our living room!

It's amazing what a little styling can do to give a bookcase a whole new look! I love mine..... so go ahead, give it a try and come back and post a photo for me to see!

PS. Here's a list of my favorite books in my bookcase:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dressing Your Truth Experiment Fun With The Four Types

I sometimes talk with people who claim that anybody can wear anything and look good. I disagree.

Faith, my daughter and I decided to test that theory, by each dressing in all four types of the Dressing Your Truth Program. We used clothes, makeup, and accessories that we already had and really did try to dress as much as we could in each of the four type styles, even if we didn't like it. 
We both wore the same color of makeup for each of the types.

We started with Type 1:

Faith had a light aqua t-shirt, white shorts, a multi colored striped belt, a bright orange zipper bracelet and gold circle earrings.
(It was harder for me to find a Type 1 outfit, as I have been trying to clean out my closet since I started DYT and living with less). My shirt had multi color circles, which I pared with a white sweater and gold circle earrings.
We puffed our hair on top to give it an upward motion and we completed the look with blue eye shadow, light pink lip stain and a bright pink blush (which we hated so much, we tossed afterward!)

Faith said she felt most silly in the Type 1 outfit. I felt very fat! I think it shows our facial blemishes as being more red/pink and spotty.

Next was Type 2:


Faith wore dark grey leggins, an aqua striped shirt, and a grey scarf tied as a belt. She left her hair hang natural. 
I wore a grey shirt with a light grey wrap. I used the curling iron on my hair (something I used to do every day). Makeup was very minimal - grey eye shadow, and pink lip stain.

Faith wears outfits like this almost everyday, so is quite comfortable as a Type 2. I felt old, tired, and fat..... not really anything good at all in it for me.

Welcome to Type 3:

Faith wore a deep red shirt, an animal print cardigan, a gold necklace and big earrings. She pulled her hair into an edgy pony tail. (note: She had on a necklace the matched her earrings, but it was just too big and over powering her - she didn't like it and took it off before the picture.)
I wore an aqua/teal and brown animal print shirt with an aqua layering tee under it. I wore a wooden necklace and earrings (purchased at the DYT online Type 3 store). I scrunched up my hair like I usually do. Makeup was deep rose blush, chestnut lip stain, and plum and bronze eye shadow.

Faith really liked the way she looked as a type 3. But, although I think she can pull it off, I think it's a bit too much on her. I have come to love myself as a type 3. I feel comfortable, and put together. 

Last, but not least, we were ready for Type 4:


Faith wore black slacks with a black shirt and a black and silver shrug she got in Nashville IN. She pulled her hair straight back into a pony tail and wore sliver earrings.
I wore a black, white, and red zebra stripped shirt with a black shrug and black shorts. I combed my hair down (a very type 4 straight hairstyle). I wore a silver chain necklace, and bracelet and silver leaf dangle earrings (the only other ones I could find that was silver).

Faith still loves black (I think it might be a 'cool' teenager thing), but her make up looks like she's a performer - ready to go on stage. I hated everything about the type 4 style. The makeup felt extremely heavy. The hair was awful. I felt depressed. I think I now know what Gothic feels like! It just didn't work at all for me! It felt like I was trying too hard to be someone I'm not.

Overall, it was a really fun experiment that I got to share with my daughter - we had some good laughs! Follow this link to browse the DYT online store!

I really think Faith looks good in most of the styles (maybe that's because she's 15 and beautiful), but I think she's most living true to her nature as a Type 2!!!

For myself, I was raised dressing and told to act as a T2, spent my early 20's dressing as a T1, my late 20's - early 30's as a T4 with a T2 hairstyle...., have found myself the last few years in my mid 30's as a T3 .... and I think I've finally found my true nature! 

"Life's a trip - but it's better when you know your truth!" 
-Rhoda Kindred

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Born For This Book Review by Chris Guillebeau

To be completely honest - the first 30 pages took me awhile (like almost two weeks -yes, -that's crazy, I know!) to read..... I simply was having a hard time getting into this book. Then, in a flash - that all changed! I finished the next 279 pages in two days and have started reading it for the second time! It's another great book to add to my bookshelf!

"The conventional assumptions that we have been taught about choosing a career and how we look at things in general are often misguided and simply wrong!"

Why is it that if you hold down a job for years that pays well - people think you have it made! they say you are doing well - that you have arrived. Even though, you hate that job. The job is depressing, dragging you down and slowly killing you inside. 

I don't believe God ever intended us to live that way. God wants us to be fulfilled and happy. He wants us to take pride in our work, to be a good steward of the talents He gave us. And while you do need to work, to provide for yourself and your family.... to sacrifice your happiness is not the way to accomplish it.

So what, if you have 10 jobs before you find the one that works for you... as long as you are actively pursuing, learning, and heading towards your goal - it really shouldn't matter.

The career you were born to do has the following key factors:
Joy - what you like to do
Money - what supports and sustains you
Flow - what you are really good at

When you find them all - you will find what you were born to do - you will win your career lottery!

"It doesn't really matter what or how many ideas you have, if you never do anything with them. Just pick one idea and do it...."

You can purchase this book here!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


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