Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you ever had one of those days? My day challenged me on several levels.  Maybe because I'm the queen of self-doubt.  How about you?  Do you second guess yourself, too? I came across this quote from Benjamin Spock, the famed parenting/baby doctor: Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.  This sage advice was aimed at parents who thought they didn't know anything about parenting.  Yet, it's pretty good advice for most of us. It's easy to think someone else will know more or might have more experience when really, you already are … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Happy Pre-Valentine's Day! Sunday night we had our two neighbor kids over for a Valentine Sunday supper.  It was so fun.  My table was set similarly to the quick and easy Valentine's Day table I shared on the blog last week.  You should have seen the kids' eyes when they saw the table.  We had such a good time and they were so well behaved at the table and enjoyed the simple meal so much.  It was a kid-friendly meal, but the presentation made it taste so much better.  I'm sure they felt loved and isn't that what Valentine's Day is really all about … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Do you have a friend who's going through a tough time? Have you ever thought that YOU could be her bright spot?  That you could be the one to shine a warm sunny light into the shadows of her life? We really do have the power to brighten someone's day.   Make a point this week to carry the sun around with you and SHINE for all you're worth. Then just maybe your friend will say... “When it was dark, you always carried the sun in your hand for me.” Seán O'Casey   To encourage you in this sunny endeavor... I created this FREE printable … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   I wonder how many times I've quit or given up while standing upon the precipice of a big breakthrough? It's easy to become overwhelmed and weary in the midst of life's challenges. At the risk of sounding trite, I want to encourage you to... Hang in there.     Push yourself one more time.  Trust God to help you.  Believe it can be done.  Don't give up.   "Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope."   If you need this encouragement or know someone who does, … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you noticed? There seems to be so much angst in the world these days.     So on this day when we honor the memory and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it appropriate to create a printable, quoting his words... "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." LOVE is caring, forgiving, and stands up for what's right. LOVE is what disarms people and opens up conversation.  And in the end... LOVE will have a bigger impact on the world than anything else.  If you would appreciate this reminder in the form of a … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   It's 2017!  How many times have you had to check yourself when writing down the year today?   Are you struggling with any of your resolutions on Day 2?  Hopefully not.  But, you and I both know that sometimes we just plain struggle to do the things we know we ought to do.  The things we need to do.  Even the things we've dreamed of doing.  If you need a nudge to quit making excuses and get on with whatever your goal or dream is, then I hope you'll download this FREE printable to help you do it!  This quote from Barbara Sher, "You don’t need endless time … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here we are, quickly sliding out of 2016 and into a fresh new year!   Are you excited for the new year?  I'm in the process of re-evaluating a lot of what I do and how I do it.  And because I'm a doer... this thought process doesn't exactly turn my crank.  It would if I were doing it with a team that I led, but as a solopreneur, it's more of a necessary task. To that end... I discovered this quote from Teddy Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.   And it's providing me with some framework in which to do some dreaming and goal … [Read more...]

  Merry Christmas! Are you in the Christmas spirit?  This can either be an incredibly busy few days leading up to Christmas, or it can be a time of celebration, family, friends, and many memories in the making.  I hope that there is more of the later for you.  This year it's a much more relaxing pace than ever before. As a final Christmas "present" I wanted to create one more Christmas printable for you. If you'd like to make an easy gift or create a little something extra for your Christmas decor, then I hope you'll take advantage of this Christmas art printable I created for you.  Download it by … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   The Countdown to Christmas has Begun! It's time to finish up the shopping, creating, decorating, and start wrapping and baking.  And just to make it super easy for you, I created these sweet candy cane Christmas gift tags for you.  There are 12 on an 8x10 sheet to make gift giving even sweeter.  I think these would be especially perfect for those food gifts you'll be making. They are my gift to you!! Download these Free 8×10 sheet of 12 Merry Christmas Gift Tags for personal use HERE!    If you missed stopping by since last week, I shared … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   It's officially the Christmas season! Why do I say that on the 5th of December?  Because last night it snowed!  Two whole inches!  And it was gorgeous and wintry and Christmasy and beautiful.  And I'm not even a fan of snow!! How are you coming along with your Christmas decorating?  Today I used fresh greens and rose hips to make two wreaths for my windows... inside.  The aroma is delightful, too!  The only thing... I can hardly see the rose hips against the greens. Ugh! If you're like me and would like to add a little extra something that speaks to the … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you started decorating for Christmas? I LOVE having word art prints framed and set in a vignette for the holidays.  So with that in mind, I created this lovely print with this Christmas verse...  "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." by Norman Vincent Peale.  I hope you'll download it, pin it up or display it somewhere special.  Or... place it in a frame and give as an early Christmas or hostess gift. Download this Free 8×10 Christmas Quote Art Print for personal use HERE!  If … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Have you started thawing your turkey?  This is the first time I've ever had a frozen turkey.  Until now, I have only roasted fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving. My mom was a good cook, but she never roasted a turkey... we went to my aunt's for Thanksgiving on the rare years that my nurse mom didn't work.  So, if you have any tips for using a frozen turkey... please spill. Besides turkey, I look forward to a piece of pumpkin pie.  What's your favorite? After the pie is eaten, the guests have left, and the dishes are washed and put away... It's time to decorate for … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Can you believe that we're less than TWO weeks from Thanksgiving!?! We've been having such gorgeous weather and with the trees so late in coloring and dropping their leaves it just doesn't feel like mid-November.  However... the calendar says otherwise! I came across this lovely quote, so fitting for Thanksgiving... To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~Johannes A. Gaertner So I created a lovely Thanksgiving printable for you. I LOVE the final phrase of … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Here we are... the night before the BIG election. Are you excited, fearful, or just can't wait to be done with it all? Although I am fairly opinioned regarding all things political (thank you 9th grade Civics), I'm not here to tell you how to vote.  However, if you've been struggling with whom you should cast your vote, maybe this simple list will help you... 4 Criteria to Consider Character ~ Conviction ~ Competence ~ Culture Sunday, our pastor did not even hint at who to vote for, but he did help us to consider the above through the filter of being a … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Fall is here dressed in all her finery.  I find myself oohing and ahhing around every corner as I travel around town.  This must be the prettiest Halloween on record.  Speaking of Halloween, Tim and I are picking up a couple of kids in our neighborhood tonight to take trick or treating.  I hope we can show them a good time.  What are your plans for the evening? If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... There I was… sitting at the stoplight… | It’s JoyDay! Will You Join Me in Holding Up the Light? Make … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! We had the most beautiful fall weekend.  My latest post will give you a glimpse of how we enjoyed it.  I hope you had a lovely weekend creating memories, and enjoying the fleeting beauties of the season. As we approach the "season" of gratitude, I thought I'd share this great gratitude quote I ran across.... When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. --Gilbert K. Chesterton Great words to live by.  Yes? If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! Happy Spring!  The sun is shining... it's freezing cold... and there's snow in the forecast.  BUT!  It's spring and where some of you live, the trees are bursting with green and flowers are blooming.  Here, the robins are singing and I saw some pussy willows as I buzzed along a country road.  I think I need to go to the flower shop and purchase some daffodils to celebrate Spring's arrival.  What do you think? I'm so glad you're joining us for.... Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane … [Read more...]