Tuesday, August 14, 2018

shop 'til you drop...

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

My Sweet Little Leighton starts Kindergarten tomorrow. I am doing everything I can think of to NOT think about it. I blinked. Tomorrow a new chapter starts. At church Sunday, we had the "Blessing of the Backpacks." I was a hot, teary mess. The moment I have to leave her in her classroom, I think my husband might have to carry me out. There are so many things I wish for her: bravery, kindness, excitement, hope. Y'all. I have to stop.

One of my favourite forms of distraction? SHOPPING!

Two of the best shopping Instagram (IG) accounts I follow?


They are both run by the same ladies. I believe they are moms that live in Southern California. I have found some of the yummiest and cutest things via their accounts.

Exhibit A:

We purchased this for Little Leighton's birthday soiree this year. It was a huge hit! It's so adorable. The kids (and adults!) loved it.

So, I haven't actually purchased these yet. BUT, I tried them on last week, after seeing this post. They are fabulous. Seriously amazing quality. They remind me of a similar (almost exact) style from "Free People." I think these will be the perfect bandaid for my heart tomorrow. Wink. Wink.

Exhibit B:

Both of these Costco finds are Certified Gluten-Free and certifiably delicious. I would recommend adding your own peanuts, cilantro and green onions to the Pad Thai. It is super easy to prepare. Perfect for busy school nights. The Heavenly Hunks? I have to hide them from myself. And ELC. I truly think they make a great, and quick, breakfast (don't judge me) or afternoon snack.

I hope y'all will check these two accounts out, especially if you love shopping at Target and Costco as much as I do.

Pray for Little Leighton tomorrow. And me. Pretty please?


Sunday, August 12, 2018


From Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, today, August 12th:

COME TO ME when you are weak and weary. Rest snugly in My everlasting arms. I do not despise your weakness, My child. Actually, it draws Me closer to you because weakness stirs up My compassion—My yearning to help. Accept yourself in your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been.

Do not compare yourself with others who seem to skip along their life-paths with ease. Their journeys have been different from yours, and I have gifted them with abundant energy. I have gifted you with fragility, providing opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence. Accept this gift as a sacred treasure: delicate, yet glowing with brilliant Light. Rather than struggling to disguise or deny your weakness, allow Me to bless you richly through it.

ISAIAH 42:3; ISAIAH 54:10; ROMANS 8:26

My next Instagram suggestion is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I cannot emphasize enough how much this book means to me. I cannot tell Y’all how much I NEED to scroll through IG and come upon my daily post from Jesus Calling. They’re short. To the point. IMPORTANT. Wonderful. Peaceful. Encouraging. If you don’t have any of the books I’ve talked about in the past, please consider following Sarah on Instagram.

[TLC and I had a super busy week beginning last Monday.. Little Leighton (aka LL) starts kindergarten this coming Wednesday! Public school. She and TLC attended a “Meet the Teachers” night last Thursday and both are TRES excited about her teacher. She seems positively lovely.

My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and I kept Baby Elle (aka Belle) for a night while TLC and LL had two days of “Mom and Only Me Time!” My niece, JP, came to spend the same night with us that Belle was here. That was FABULOUS. She then followed me to TLC’s casa for a short visit. She had to leave late that afternoon for her home. We were all grateful for the time she shared with us, her humor and kindness! She ROCKS.]

This weekend I’ve felt puny. Off a bit. Allergies? The weather? Just...well...pooped? I don't know. (We did get a teeny bit of rain. TLC—and others—got much more than us. Dadgummit. But it’s been cloudy and humid since mid-week!) I did some work around the house yesterday and this afternoon. Waited for a call for two days about a “showing” to prospective buyers (which never happened…UGH…). Did errands with MSH in Fort Worth today—once  we knew for certain there’d be no showing.

Jesus. During all of my minutes, hours, days, and nights this past week, I’ve needed Jesus.

May each of you have a Wonderful Week—wherever in this World Y’all are! And may you find Jesus if you haven’t yet. May My Sweet Jesus fill you with His peace, comfort, strength, patience, and, most of all, His unconditional love!



Tuesday, August 7, 2018


My next suggestion for an IG to follow:


Ft. Worth

I discovered them recently when I accidentally (literally it was kinda weird and a longish story) caught a show they did for HGTV called “Home to Last.” ( I’m crossing my fingers for them—because this was a pilot. I want more! Praying they get on the permanent HGTV schedule. Pray with me if you like 30-minute (Y'all know they're really just 22-ish minutes if you prerecord and who does not prerecord shows?) design/flippy/remodeling shows like moi. I’m obsessed. Which is odd. I am absolutely the most uncreative/untalented/notdesign-y-ish person you’ll ever meet.)

I actually think they live pretty close to us! They are the CUTEST couple who help people re-do their homes. And, y’all, they are GOOD. If and/or when our country casa and place sells, I would be sooo tempted to buy an older home and get them to make it GORGEOUS. (Sadly, I don’t believe My Sweet Hubby—aka MSH—will be on board with this idea. God bless his “older/tireder” heart. He dream is to find a brand new home—or one that’s only a few years old. Not one that needs any kind of makeover. I can dream…right?)

So here’s their info (Y’all know I don’t get the significance of links, etc. I am what I am. A Senior Citizen. No Techie.):



I clicked on both of these from their IG and got two different (interesting) pages.

They are FUN, Y’all. Seriously FUN. Nice. Kind. Talented. 

Happy Tuesday! Wherever in this World Y’all Are…


Sunday, August 5, 2018

motivational mamas...

Hi, Friends! Happy Sunday!

Tonight you're getting a BOGO FREE post from moi. I'm sharing my TWO favourite "Motivational Mamas" on Instagram (aka: IG):

Rachel Hollis: @msrachelhollis
Jen Hatmaker: @jenhatmaker

(P.S. These are called "handles," ELC. At least, I think.)

I've read books by both of these women. Well, technically I haven't finished Rachel's book, "Girl, Wash Your Face." I've read quite a bit of it but have stopped because my weekly Bible Study Group will be reading it this fall. (I'm so excited. This is an amazing choice for us.) The Jen Hatmaker book I've finished is "For the Love," but I'm anxious to read her others, specifically, "Of Mess and Moxie." (Is that not the cutest title? I just adore that word, MOXIE!) I actually have listened to several episodes of Jen's podcast (also titled: "For the Love") and have liked them tremendously! I need to make time to listen to more.

Both of these women INSPIRE me. They make me laugh, cry, think. They help me feel less alone, motivate me to do better and be better, and encourage me. Like a best friend (ELC) would. I get these women and they get me. They understand my struggles as a mom, a wife, a woman. Jesus lives in their hearts. They are LIGHTS in this world. And, they both, coincidentally, live in my all-time favourite town: Austin, Texas. They treasure Texas, y'all. I cherish them.

Please follow them if you're on IG. You don't have to have kids, be a wife, or even a woman to enjoy their humor, knowledge and passion for wanting to help make us be the best versions of ourselves. And, in return, make our earth/world better.

I pray your new week is full of magic and grace, Dear Readers!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

i told you to!

Hey—it’s AUGUST. Cannot even believe it. But you know what this means, right? A month of TLC's and My Favourite Websites and Instagrams!
I have the extreme honor of sharing with y’all our first website/blog we both LOVE LOVE LOVE.

And the winner is…drumroll…

This is also her Instagram tag. Name? ID? Y’all know I am the most incompetent technology person in the State of Texas. Possibly on the Planet. I have no clue as to the correct lingo/language/stuff. So I don't know what you actually call an Instagram "name." Hers is sheaffertoldmeto.

TLC has known about Sheaffer for several years. In fact, when TLC lived in Frisco, she, Little Leighton (aka LL aka Biscuit) and I were at the Mall one day (LL was maybe 2?) when we saw Sheaffer and some friends having lunch (like us!) at the Food Court. (They did not, however, have to ride the Carousel several times.) TLC had been telling me about Sheaffer’s blog. I’m not certain if TLC was on Instagram at that point. I can’t quite remember. Anyway, I was encouraging TLC to go over and tell her how much she treasured her website. TLC was too shy. (And frightened I’d go over to Sheaffer—where I’d make a complete fool of myself. I didn't.)

Sheaffer has DEALS. Like...GOOD Deals. She partners with many businesses. Large and small. Nordstrom being perhaps the BIGGEST retailer. But she has lots of medium and small businesses she writes about, too. She takes the CUTEST selfies in the MOST AWESOME clothes that she’s featuring—especially when they’re on sale or she has a “code” you can use for a discount. She also shares shoes, boots, purses and jewelry. (She has a PRETTY sister that is her model sometimes. For business/work/professional attire and accessories.) I honestly don’t know why Sheaffer hasn’t been featured on a Dallas/Ft. Worth TV show. Or why she doesn't have her own show. She is that adorable.

The other thing I truly love (because, frankly, at 64, most of the fashion she showcases would not work for me…as a Senior Citizen…just keepin’ it real…) are her weekly posts about The Bachelor and The Bachelorette seasons. (One of her good friends is Sean’s sister—so she has that connection to these shows.) I cannot wait for her thoughts each week and am getting extra excited about her blogs on the upcoming Bachelor in Paradise season! My oh my. This summer's starts soon--maybe next week? It looks like the cRaZiEsT season yet. 

Sheaffer. Is. HYSTERICAL. I’m not even jokin’, Y’all. Every time there is a new season, I threaten to skip watching the actual shows and just read her blogs on them. They are fancy, now. This gal DOES know technology. Like she's a genius to me. She has lots o’ pictures. I could literally ditch the actual time I spend watching the shows and getting bored/frustrated/disgusted/angry (mostly at myself for wasting my valuable “retirement” time—teeheehee!) and simply read her weekly updates. They ROCK.

She's not only smart and really beautiful...she is creative and clever and FUNNY. Very funny. 
From her Instagram:
"I'm a wife, mom, and accidental fashion blogger. I have a passion for sharing things I love with others!"
What she shares? It is all MARVELOUS. FANTASTIC. Chic. Affordable. Trendy. Classic.

Y’all must check her out. If you like fashion/shopping/browsing/dreaming and if you have a few extra bucks here and there to order the wonderful products she promotes OR if you love a funny recap of the useless-yet-fascinating Bachelor/Bachelorette shows, you will treasure Sheaffer as much as we do. Trust us.

It’s Friday Jr! Hope Y’all have a Wonderful Weekend—Wherever in this World Y’all are!

(TLC is up next! She follows GOOD peeps and businesses on IG. She excels in this. It's apparently a gift she got from me. Hahaha.)