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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Happy Thought Indeed (unique holiday gift guide)

Christmas is just a few weeks away and I'm sort of freaking out. I am not even close to finishing my Christmas shopping, mainly because money is tight so I have to get a little here and a little there. Everyone has these great holiday gift guides on their blogs and there are some great deals out there, but I am going to be honest,  one of my favorite places to buy unique handmade jewelry and artwork is from A Happy Thought Indeed

There is a chance I am bias, since the shop owner is a personal friend of mine, but I genuinely LOVE the creativity behind her pieces and I am sort of in love with her prices. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelery that I wear most often have come from A Happy Thought Indeed. And that's because I can afford them. That's saying a lot, honestly. This sounds like an advertisement for her, but I'm being genuine here. I simply love her stuff and wanted to give you the opportunity to see it and snatch it up this Christmas for that person you still haven't gotten anything for yet! She never asked me to say a word or promote her shop. It's just that cool.

Currently, as we all know the craze is the Hunger Game series and a lot of her jewelry and hair pieces feature The Hunger Games. Pretty cool, huh? Plus, if you are a classic lover like me, you will love the Pride & Prejudice pieces. Everything you see above is currently in her shop and available to you to order for Christmas!

I just talked to her to see what the stats are as far as Christmas orders go and she said is encouraging orders to be made by this Friday since shipping prices go up on Saturday for Christmas. So stop by her FACEBOOK and you can pay via paypal or you can go to her ETSY shop and place your order. You can still make special orders after this weekend, but shipping will go up some due to the holidays.

There is actually a lot more photos available on the Facebook and of course if you see something you love on there that you don't see on ETSY, just shoot her a message on facebook and she said she will work with you on your special order.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You Need Glasses!

You need glasses! Ok, maybe you don't NEED them, but I do!
I have been a diehard eyeglasses wearer since junior high. Well, diehard may have been a bit of an exaggeration, but I do need glasses. I mean, I need them in order to see. Although, glasses seem to be a trend at the moment and I'm a trendy gal, so even if I didn't HAVE to wear glasses, I probably would  buy glasses either way, prescription or not.

There may be a lot of negative things about having this whole online world that we didn't have fifteen years ago. Sure I hear lots of complaints, but there are a lot of pretty cool things I take advantage of too. Obviously, blogging is one of them. But, if I had to buy glasses anytime soon, I would definitely look into buying
 eyeglasses online. Not only is it fun and easy to do from the comfort of your own home in your pajamas while watching television, but when you dig into your options a little bit, you come across places like which is both convenient and quite reasonably priced too!

I did a little bit of browsing on their website and there are actually quite a few pair of glasses I am loving and want on my face! What's cool is, that you are actually sort of able to 'try them on" with their virtual mirror feature!  So you don't get stuck with a pair that doesn't look good on you!
Yeah, I'm not gonna even tell you how long I played on that... =)

GlassesUSA offers sunglasses, non-prescription glasses, multi-focal glasses and of course single vision in so many different style of frames, it may be hard to narrow it down to just one that you love. I personally favor the wayfarer styled frames. I'm nerdy like that. =)

And besides their high quality frames and lenses, they offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee along with a generous refer-a-friend program. You can also stay up to date on all GlassesUSA happenings through facebook ( or through twitter (@GlassesUSA).

They are so generous to offer a fantastic discount to my readers of 15% off  your entire order plus free shipping for any orders of $50. Just use the code FS15. If your order isn't quite that much, you can still get an awesome discount of 10% off any order of prescription glasses with the code Blog10. Stop by and take advantage of this fun website! Get yourself some new glasses!

This post was sponsored by GlassesUSA but all opinions are mine!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ten Weird Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

1. 1. like offbeat characters and actors in movies. Jack Nicholson and John Malkovich are two of my favorites, because the rolls they play alot of times are creepy-ish and weird...and they just kind of seem, well offbeat I guess.

2. I get heart palpitations that are pretty intense. My whole body tenses up, mainly my back and my shoulders and I can't really move or talk when it happens. Sometimes I can predict it about it happen, like when I am laying on my right side and my left arm is sort of pressing against my heart if I'm curled up in a ball. Sometimes, it just happens randomly. I don't like it, but I'm used to it. The thing that concerns me is that usually Jeff is around when it happens and he keeps the kids away from me, because it could last anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes...but if they are fighting or asking me for something and he is not there, I don't really know what I would do.

3. I am addicted to nasal spray. It's the same as any other addiction. The only reason I have to take it is because I can't breathe without it and I can't breathe without it because I've been taking it so long. If I don't take it at night, I have nightmares.

4. Speaking of nightmares, on several occasions I have had "Inception" type experiences in my dreams, where I dream within a dream within a dream. I try to wake myself up yelling (with no sound coming out) for "JESUS!" and when I do, I find myself floating down the stairs once again, realizing I am still in my dream. It's freaky.

5. I am a procrastinator. And I'm not really ashamed of it. I work best under pressure. I can have a weeks worth of work to do on the computer, that would take as little as an hour or two a day, but I save it all for one day, which is usually Saturday or Sunday.

6. I hate to smile with my teeth. If you look at my above sorta fake smile, even with my mouth closed my mouth is crooked and slightly open on one side. It's completely exaggerated if I do an open mouth "teeth" smile for a photo. The only way you will catch me smiling with my teeth for a photo is if I'm laughing, so I have to make weird sounds or jokes to make myself laugh.

7. I hate reading articles online or in magazines that give me information 'about' a person that is apparently newsworthy, unless that article or post was approved of by 'said' person.  I literally cringe when I see people post articles about other people, celebrities, politicians, preachers, etc on facebook of a negative or critical nature. I don't even give those articles the time of day, usually. 
I guess I wouldn't want people writing articles about me without knowing me, so I don't feel justified in sharing or reading information about them, whether what they do or say or believe is wrong or right. It's bad enough I have to see the name of the article and who it's about in my newsfeed, I wonder if people go searching for this stuff online to get the dirty dish on people. 
It's just not my thing, I guess. 

8. I'm in a constant battle with myself with taking responsibility and avoiding responsibility. I don't mean for my past actions. I am fully aware of when I do wrong and am capable of admitting it. But I mean when I see a need at church or if I feel like maybe I should be more responsive in the blogging community or in my personal friendships, I tell myself, "Ok, lets do this..."But then I get afraid if I committ, I will get overwhelmed and stressed out trying to  help others. So I am always trying to find a balance and search my limits and availability. And trying not to be selfish at the same time...

9. Peanut butter apparently gives me heartburn, particularly when I am pregnant, but cookies, bars,  or toast with peanut butter is unavoidably delicious to me, so I suffer through the burn to taste the goodness.

10. I cry at everything. If you have made me cry at some point or another, don't feel too special. I will tear up if someone texts a "K" instead of an "OK." For some reason it makes me feel like you are being short or abrupt with me and I am left wondering why you are such a jerk and what I did to deserve it because I am as sweet as pie... ;)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Movie Game 2013// Steal It or Just Play It!

Hey friends! I've already had several emails coming in this past week,  regarding THIS very post from last year and people requesting the answers to the the game so they can play it at their Christmas parties, so I thought I would share it again with you for Christmas 2013! Enjoy!

I bet you all have some Christmas Parties coming up in the next few weeks!
Yep, me too! The past several years it was my job to come up with some new, fun games for 
 Christmas Party in the youth ministry at my church! 
Last year I made this one up! And we used it again this year!
It's timeless! 
And fun!
And something different than the same ole, same ole!

If you want to grab it to challenge your family & friends with some
Christmas Movie Trivia without doing all the work, then Merry Christmas!
This is my gift to you! ;)
Feel free to download or save it to your computer & convert to dvd or a video file 
or whatever you want to do for your Christmas Party this year!

...Or just play it for yourself! 
Chances are, since you are playing it online, you will have time to 'think' about it,
but when you play it with a group, its not quite as easy to think of the answers so quickly.

1) Number a paper 1-20
2) Watch (listen) to the video and Name that Christmas Movie that each sound bite came from!
3) Then just replay it, this time giving the answers as you go through the game!
I already did all the work for you!

If you would like me to email you the answers so you can challenge your family,
leave me a comment and let me know you love it and I will send the answers your way!
Make sure I can reply back to you somehow!

All sound bites came from various movie clips which do not own any copyright to
Background photo file found here. I just put it all together as a game. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Uniquely You

ModCloth Ensemble

This week I had some fun joining the Uniquely You Campaign with ModCloth. 
Totally & Honestly, ModCloth is one of my favorite websites to drool over, so this was easy
and super fun to create an ensemble that is 'Uniquely Me' from all the retro and chic items
available on Modcloth. I decided to go for sort of a wintery retro dinner party look and these
are some of the classic beauties I came up with...
If you like these, go check out more of the site. Love love love!

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