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Five Minute Friday: Bloom and MYSTERY HOSTESS

I’m linking up to Lisa Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday (on Monday).

Five Minute Friday

 

This week’s prompt is BLOOM. Make sure to head over to her page to check out what other people have written this week!

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I watch him run in front of me. The little feet pitter pattering as he goes farther and farther away.

“I beat you mommy!”

“Yes, baby, you did. You are so much faster than me!”

And I can’t believe that he was once a 18 month old who couldn’t even walk.

Even the baby has bloomed so much! He climbs the stairs, and runs after his brothers. Faster down the hall than you could imagine! And I chase him in an effort to corral him towards his bedroom.

They still need me. I’m still their mama. But they have bloomed so much. Continue reading


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For the days when life is too hard…

Let me be honest with you. There are days when life overwhelms me. Days when my depression takes over. Where I am angry at everything that happens in my life. At my kids, my husband, and even the TV stations. Days when I feel trapped and alone.

It happens more than I would like it to.

Lately I have been succumbing to that anger and depression. I have been wanting to curl up in my bed and just hide or sleep all day. I have been angry at my children over the littlest of things. And I have let my temper get ahold of me.

I don’t share this so that you will feel for me, or out of some kind of pity party. I share this to be transparent. To let you know that you are not alone.

There will be days when you too will be tired of your job, your family, your kids, your significant other…or simply life in general.

There will be days when it will be hard for you to get out of bed.

Days where all you want is to quit.

I’m here to tell you that it is OKAY.

Its okay to have rough patches. To not be yourself.

Its okay to struggle with the day to day and to feel overwhelmed with life.

Its okay to wish that you didn’t have so much on your plate and to want to no longer carry the burden on your shoulders.

Its okay to grieve over the life that you wished you would have, but didn’t end up with.

Its okay.

The trick is to not allow it to overcome you.

Grieve if you need to. Take time for yourself. But don’t let the struggles of today overcome the joy of tomorrow.

I share this with you after having a couple of weeks of pure struggle. Of allowing myself to be overwhelmed.

For me, I find that reading God’s Word and spending some quality time in prayer really changes my attitude and outlook in a way that nothing else does.

It doesn’t have to be a specific passage. But I find that reading stories like Job’s (in the book of Job) and Joseph’s (Genesis 37-50) are great for reminding me how minor my struggles are. Paul is another inspiration. You can read his life stories in many of the letters of the New Testament. Romans is one of my favorites.

Exercise is also amazing for lifting the spirits. Go for a walk, get a breath of fresh air if possible, and get your heart beating. Dance, run, swim, bike…whatever you like to do that gets your heart elevated. It will release all those good for you chemicals and help you to feel more yourself. Plus, its great “me time.”

Another option, is to take a nice warm bath. Soak in some oils, and epsom salt. Play some soothing music. Whatever makes you smile. And simply RELAX. That can be so difficult for us, in our society.

And finally, turn off your electronics. Get off of Facebook. Stop watching TV. Don’t mindlessly play the candy game. Find a book to read. Clean the house. Write a journal entry. Find something productive to do that is off of electronics. Something that does not tell you about the latest drama, or ask you for more money, or cause you to wish for something more. Electronics are not bad. But there are times when they can be draining.

Get outside! Enjoy the sun. Give your loved ones some hugs. And remember that today is just one of many days. This too will pass.

What is your favorite thing to do, in order to get you out of a funky mood?

Blessings,

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Introducing Lilla Rose!


A few months ago a friend of mine invited me to her Lilla Rose Facebook party. I was excited to join, as I had seen the clips before, and was eager to learn more about them. I ended up ordering a beautiful flexi clip called Hawaiian Rose.

At first, I was so disappointed. It was just too big.

My hair was thinner than I had thought it was. So I contacted my friend and her consultant to find out what I needed to do about getting the right size.

It was so easy to get it changed to the correct size! I simply emailed the company with the order information and they gave me a label to print so that I could mail the clip back to them, free of charge. Within a week or so, I had my brand new, Extra Small Hawaiian Flower clip.

I love that little clip! Here’s a photo of me wearing it in a french braid. I just fold the ends under a bit and place the clip on top. Simple and elegant!

Hawaiian Flower

Shortly after hosting her party, my friend signed up to be a consultant, and sell Lilla Rose products herself. She asked me to host a party. I was excited! I looked forward to sharing with my friends and family these beautiful clips, to order some more, and to help her out.

The hostess rewards are amazing! Thanks to my wonderful friends who helped make my party a success, I was able to get some free and discounted clips.

Here’s a photo of the clips I got from the party. The one in the front right, with the heart, is offered to anyone who hosts a Lilla Rose party, and who’s party reaches at least $100. And the one in the front left, was May’s Flexi Clip of the Month, which was a thank you gift from my friend for hosting the party. I feel so blessed! <3

Lilla Rose Flexi Clips

Well, as you can see, I fell in love with Lilla Rose. They are so easy to put in my hair, super comfortable, and just gorgeous! After much prayer, research, and discussion with my husband, I decided to become an independent consultant so that I could help other women fall in love with these beautiful clips.

To learn more about these clips, here is a welcome video which I put together the other day. It should give you a bit of a glimpse into the sizes of the clips and also give you a glimpse into how easy they are to put into your hair. I am working on putting together some more how to videos, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you are interested in owning your own great flexi clips (or one of Lilla Rose’s other beautiful products) check out my shop. And while you are at it, swing by to “like” my new Lilla Rose Facebook page.

If you’d like to host your own party, and discover all the awesome benefits, feel free to contact me on Facebook or email me at adaynasmile_lr@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have you tried a flexi clip before? Which one is your favorite?

Blessings,

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PS. I am having a GIVEAWAY going on until NOON THURSDAY (6/26) on my Facebook page.

Giveaway June 2014


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Summer Time Fun!

Just a quick peek at the outfits I have been (slowly) working on for my kiddos so that they will be nice and cool when the hot, humid, Mississippi summer hits…

Peek a boo patterns summer outfits

 

I need to get my stinkers to let me get better pictures. And to get some of the outfits outside. But I am so in love with these summer outfits. So cute, so cozy…perfect for summertime! Now all they need are a couple of glasses of lemonade and some time in the SUN!

I’m linking up:

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the cute and comfy Coastal Craze Baggies pattern by Peek A Boo patterns coming soon!
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Candy Castle Peppermint Swirl Pattern Review

If you are someone who sews PDF patterns, you have probably seen the Peppermint Swirl. The twirls, the swirls, the fabric bends and curves just right to make a wonderfully fun dress perfect for any little girl.

I’ve made 5 of these dresses. 4 in size 5 and one in size 18 months. Each one has been a labor of love. And each one has amazed me at their outcome.

Here’s the dresses that I have made.

Peppermint Swirl dress collage

My final dress was inspired by the all so popular ice queen from the newest Disney movie. I altered the pattern of the bodice to make it mimic the ice queen’s bodice. I also made a cape to drape over it. But that’s not part of the pattern. ;)

Here’s a glimpse of it with the cape.

Ice Queen Cape

Although there are many women who have tackled this pattern as beginning seamstresses, I would not recommend it to someone just starting out. It is not a complicated pattern but it does have a lot of parts to it and might be overwhelming to someone just starting out. It is perfect for the intermediate or advanced seamstress.  Or for a very brave advanced beginner!

I am in love with this pattern! It goes from 6 months to 12 years old.

Need an adult version? Candy Castle has one of those for you too! It goes from 11 years to a women’s XL and pairs with either your favorite bodice or the Cherry Cosmopolitan Dress bodice (shown in the photo) also offered by Candy Castle Patterns. (Notice the beautiful woman is this photo? That’s the amazing designer Rebecca who created these beautiful patterns.)


I
 really hope you will give these dresses a shot! They are truly beautiful and worth every second of your time.

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*I have not been paid for this review. I personally bought the original Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern. The pattern belongs to Candy Castle Patterns, but the review and photos of (aside from the two from the Candy Castle Patterns website) are entirely my own and are not to be used without consent.