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Just another day in paradise…


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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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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.

 


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Peek A Boo Patterns Maui Muscle Tee Review

Its released!

 

I am so excited about this pattern!

I was chosen to be part of the testing team for this pattern and was so honored. Its cute, my son loves it (and the other two are dying for me to get theirs done). And for someone who is fairly new working with knits, it was still super easy! I think it took me about 30 minutes from start to finish (not including having to stop to take care of the children).

Here’s baby G rocking his Maui Muscle Tee:

Maui Muscle Tee Gideon 2

I was able to use some fabric that I had left over from pants I had made from the Peek A Boo winter PJs pattern during January. I just love how cheerfully boyish it is!

Now I have 6 more tanks cut out and ready to be sewn together for the boys so they will be stylish when the summer heat hits!

Now here’s the best part. Amy at Peek a Boo patterns is offering a sale today on her Maui Muscle Tee! It is on sale for only $6.75! What a great deal for a cute pattern that runs from sizes 3 months to 12 years! And don’t think it is just for little boys. With some cute girly fabrics you can have an adorable tank for your little girl as well.

The pattern also has color blocking options. Create side panels in a different print or color for a whole new look! The possibilities are endless!

I promise you will be seeing more of these tanks on my boys. They will be hitting the park and the beach in style this summer wearing this adorable tee.

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I’m linking up to:
PiePie Designs

*I have not been paid for this review. Although I was given the pattern for free during the testing period in exchange for suggestions and help making the pattern ready for the general sewing public, I have not been reimbursed financially in any way shape or form. The pattern belongs to Peek A Boo Patterns, but the review and photos of Baby G’s shirt are entirely mine.


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WAFFLES!

Do you like waffles?

Of course you do!

Filled with gooey syrup? Or topped with strawberries and whipped cream? Or how about a mixture of butter, cinnamon and maple syrup for a truly amazing flavor?
Whatever you like on your waffles, it helps to start out with a good baking mix. And some of the popular store bought ones, while delicious, are filled with all kinds of unhealthy ingredients.

This recipe is a hit with my two picky 3 year olds and my 1 year old. It keeps my diabetic’s sugars stable, and I have found that even I can eat it in the mornings, despite my incredible sensitivity to carbs.

Here they are devouring the waffles. And then begging for more!

Best part? It is so simple to make up the mix. And if you keep it in the freezer, it can be used over and over and over again for super quick breakfasts that take no longer than toasting up some freezer waffles! What could be better?

Are you ready for the recipe?

Lets start with the basic mix.

And that’s it! Super simple, isn’t it? And it makes about 11 cups. That’s an awful lot of amazing mix to last you several days.

Now to turn it into waffles.

The nutrition information is going to vary depending on what ingredients you use. When I make it as written with all sugar free items the nutrition information is as follows:

What kinds of things do you like to put on your waffles?

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*Make sure you are using a quality protein powder. I use Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate or Swanson’s Whey Protein Powder. There are some others on the market that are made by reputable companies as well. Another option is to substitute powdered milk for the protein powder. But keep in mind that this will increase the carb count and decrease the amount of protein in the final product.