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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Taking advantage of this one

Thanks Cindy Cook for this awesome snag...

I am starting to get in the toy finding mode because Rett is starting to get curious and wanting to hold things and play!  Such a fun time :)  I love it...

So, I have been on the lookout for ABC's and numbers for the fridge and Cindy Cook came across this snag amazon.com







You can get the numbers for just $1.90 and the letters for $2.98

I'm so excited about this deal.  

But I'm more excited because I get them for free.  I use Swagbucks  It is an online search engine but you gain swagbuck when you search.  So, the more you use it, the more swagbucks you can earn.  I got it mainly because I got a kindle a few years ago and I'm a cheap skate and didn't want to buy books online all the time and since the Kindle is linked with amazon, I thought swagbucks would be a good idea.

So, here's how it works...once you gain enough swagbucks, you can purchase things.  I have only ever gotten amazon gift cards and I normally get books with the giftcard but I have gotten a Otterbox case for my Iphone.  Last week, I just got a regular case for my phone ~ time for a change, I guess.  

But this week, with my swagbucks amazon giftcard, I will be purchasing these letters and numbers for Rett and his cousins Evie and Lydia!  I'm so excited because this is a great deal and I won't be spending a dime...just by searching the internet.

Thanks ~ Cindy Covey ~ you are always finding the great deals :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Update...Birthdays, MaryKay and thrift finds

Thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday!  It was a great day.  My grandmother came for a visit.  She brought beautiful flowers and some other nice gifts.  Kraig also got me wonderful flowers and box of Gobstoppers.  :)  He still knows the way to my heart ~ a box of Gobstoppers.  He also has set me up with a massage later.  :)  I am real excited about that.  And dinner this weekend, I think.  I don't know but I know he spoils me :)  I love him.  I'm so thankful for all the phone calls and messages yesterday.  It was a truly great day....thanks and this has been the best blessing/birthday gift ever :)


Here's my little guy just relaxing.


 Rett getting to meet his new buddy, Truett.  Kelly and Julie welcomed their little bundle of joy last Friday evening.  They are going to be close buds, we can tell already.  :) I can't wait to get my hands on this little guy and snuggle him.  

Rett has become the little talker.  He just talks my ear off most of the day.  If he isn't talking, he's kicking around and playing.  He's just days or maybe weeks from crawling.  He can scoot.  He has found his hands and likes to look at the them and investigate all things about them.  He also just recently found his feet.  He loves to pull on them and hold them.  It's fun to watch him grow and learn new things.  He also like to pull on my hair and never let go.  I could do without that game.  But he has the sweetest voice and smile.  I am smitten by him.  :)





I have started the Mary Kay journey.  I'm real nervous about it but I am super excited to get started.  So, let me know if you would like to host a party or do a catalog party.  I would love to share with you how I am going to work my business.  :)  The Lord is so good.

The next few things have been some nice snags that I have gotten while thrifting the past few days.

 I needed something for Rett's toys downstairs.  I felt like this little basket would be a nice fit for our living room as well as holding all of the toys that he has accumulated.  I'm excited to put it in it's rightful place and let Rett get his toys from a safe area.


I also found this nice bowl.  I need somethings for our mantle over the fireplace.  I thought this might be nice.  I think I am going to paint it either orange or navy or I could just leave it like this.  What do you think?  I also plan on getting some old lightbulbs and covering them in twine for this bowl.  I'm excited to see how it turns out.

I needed something for our towels in our bathroom.  I found this gem today and I am so excited to roll up our towels and get them off the ground.  I was quite excited about this find.  And me being not crafty or even coming up with ideas for things, I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this plan.  I can't wait to put it all together. 

Our house is slowly coming together....I hope with our Mary Kay monies...I can redo our room and redo the spare room...because right now, it is just a jumbled mess.  I'm excited to put our house together.  :)

Just wanted to share some of the things we have been working on the past few days.  

Well, I'm going to go play with my little talker...enjoy your afternoon!!  

~ash

Friday, October 12, 2012

Your new Mary Kay representative

After much prayer and fighting with the Lord, I have decided to sell Mary Kay.

I hate sales, I hate confronting people to buy things, I am not comfortable with make - up so I don't wear it....

So, I decided to sell it.

At first, it was a way to stay busy during the 3 or 4 hour long naps that Rett takes during the day but the more I fought the Lord over it, He started to give me a new direction with it.

The Lord has blessed us in that I don't have to work and we are still able to pay our bills and even get ahead on paying off our school loans so although the extra income will be nice, it wasn't the main reason for me to get into it.

The main reason, I'm not good at filling up my day and I felt useless.  Kraig and the Lord (of course) constantly told me I haven't been useless - I mean, I get to take care of Rett all day...which is great however I can only clean the house so many times and I'm not an extremely crafty person so I just felt like I needed to contribute.  And after talking with a friend who recently joined the business, who is also staying at home these day, I just thought "Hey, we will pray about it"

So, we did and I asked many, many questions of others who are also in the business.  But the thought of me asking people to buy from me and hosting parties still terrified me.  I like people but I love being at home ~ I'm a homebody and I am not a social person by any means.  So, the Lord gave me a new idea with this business which I like a whole lot better and the thought of me asking for people to buy from me seemed less intimating....

So, I plan to start in the next week....So get ready and start looking for ways to help :)

I won't be asking you to host parties - however, if you want too - feel free to let me know :)

I will probably do more catalog parties and online things so be on the lookout because I am excited about this and excited to share what the Lord has prompted Kraig and me to do with this new opportunity.

I'll keep you posted...

ashleigh

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I love the beach, crafts and MaryKay

Rett does not.

Actually, he loved the sand and had a blast exfoliating his feet but once we got near the water - he didn't want anything to do with that.  I'm sure it had to do with when Kraig put him near the water, a huge wave came in and got both of them...oopps!  But he didn't even like to put his feet in the water.  I sure hope that changes because I LOVE THE BEACH.

But never the less, it was a relaxing trip.  I was really nervous about the drive because Rett is not an easy passenger but he did really well and I was overall pleased with the ride.  He had fun jumping on the hotel bed, sitting in the sand and walking the boardwalk AND shopping of course....what's vacation without shopping :)

We got to see Grammy and Charlie while on this trip.  We were really excited to visit with them and introduce them to Rett.  It was a great trip.

Last weekend, we went on a family trip to the lake.  It was wonderful and even more relaxing!  The boys played golf and the girls (plus Rett) shopped!  It was great times and so fun to have all the family together.

 This is Rett asleep on our shopping trip.  It tuckered him out looking at all the good deals.  :)


Rett and his Pa relaxing watching some football on Sunday afternoon :)
It was a good time.  I look forward to when we can go again.

Now, that we are back, it's time to decorate and organize our house.  AND CLEAN

I have been trying to teach the dogs to not get on the couches, I feel like they always stink and I always have Cash's dog hair to try to get off of them...I'm probably anal about that but I hate it...there is a reason I like hypoallergenic dogs - they don't shed!  I love Cash but I hate the hair...so I did a deep cleaning of the couches yesterday and now they are not allowed on them.  So, I found a pin on pinterest, of course, a dog bed that looked relatively easy. Kraig and I sat down last night and made them a new bed so they won't have to get on the couch.  I think they liked it...

Once I get new bed sheets - they won't be allowed on the bed either :)

Hank and Cash's new bed :)  I'm quite pleased with it.  I hope they are too.

I also made my prayer wall.  I have to find the perfect place for it and put on our requests but here it is....Thanks Anna Kempf for the inspired idea :)

I can't wait to put it in the right place and use it.  :)

Now, I am adding little tastes of fall around the house...I don't decorate, I don't like it and I don't like spending money on things that I can only use at certain times... I.E...just halloween stuff or just Christmas stuff....so while we were at the lake, we found a Goodwill that had bought wholesale from Target :)

I got 2 pairs of shoes...but besides that - I found some pinecones and a brown bowl all for $17 so I thought "HEY, why not?"  So, now I have a Fall - ish piece for my coffee table.  I added the candle.

Last but not least....I think I may sell MaryKay.  I will decide by the end of the month.  If you would buy from me, let me know...I am trying to decide if I could do it...I'm not confident on the sales side of things but I like the idea of working at home and helping with the bills and the free makeup :)

Keep posted, I'll let you know what I decide and if I come up with anymore fall-ish ideas for our house...but next order of business...hanging the microwave.  O wait...the tree out of our yard that fell last spring...ugh who knows...one of them will get done...

ash