VALID

You don’t need a stamp of validation from your friends, husband, boyfriend, whoever! You are VALID right now! Not when your skin clears up, when you get a job or a date… and not when you lose weight! You are VALID right now, today… by Jesus Christ! God stamps you VALID everyday. Jesus loves you.

My Motto:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4:6-7

Fresh Home

When you come home isn’t it nice to be met with a fresh fragrance? Or do you like being slapped in the face with pet odors, trash or smelly socks or just a stale house? It always makes me smile when a guest says, “it smells good in here.” I realized how much money and time I had wasted buying all the plug-ins and sprays and having to buy refills all the time and batteries too. A lot of money and a lot of garbage, two things I don’t like! Not to mention an extra chore! That’s why I always liked reed diffusers, they are decorative and low maintenance . I would pick them up cheap at discount stores or spend the extra bucks on a “nice” one from Yankee candles. I can have one in a tiny bathroom and not even notice it, I can see it, but that’s it. Until… I search no more! Partylite has perfected the reed diffuser of my dreams! Not only do they really scent a room, they are decorative as well! I’m telling you, when I find something I like, everyone has to know!!! Their diffusers are made without alcohol, so they dont just dry up, it’s all essential oils. They can last up to a year and you don’t have to flip the reeds! My sons bedroom has never been the same, it knocked out that stinky-feet-scent and it looks nice on his shelf too! I’m always looking for ways to recycle, so I have always held on to the old glass bottles from the cheap diffusers. I’m glad I did because I can buy the refills from Partylite and reuse those old bottles! I couldn’t be more pleased with this product, that’s why I became an independent consultant.

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mirror, mirror

“There is a dresser, that looks like the perfect size, on the corner of Detroit and Hamner,” she announces. “Can you please get it before someone else does?” she asks her grumbling husband. “If I had a truck I would get it myself, but I need you to help me out with this one.” So that night it was transported into the garage to await the morning make-over.

Good morning dear dresser, that nobody wanted anymore, she thought as she removed the drawer pulls and scraped each sticker off. The little girl who owned this must have grown up and moved out, she thought. The dog that chewed this knob… I wonder if he is still alive and well, missing his master. Well I’ll never know. But this dresser still has a lot of life to give, sturdy, well made, interesting detail, she thinks to herself. She sands, paints and adds new knobs and detail and drags it in the house. Viola! All it needs is a mirror!

One Sunday, late afternoon, she sees a mirror in front of someones house, right before trash day! “Go back!!!” She yells to her husband. “Oh no, no more trash,” he mumbles. “Oh yes! This is perfect! Thank you Lord!” she proclaims. He says, “I’m not helping you put that in the car.” She replies, “Fine, that won’t stop me!” As she lifts this heavy piece of quality furniture into the car and it fits perfectly along the backseat of her Focus, remembering what her momma told her…never wait for a man to do it, do it yourself! HAH!

It is not a coincidence that this mirror was made for this dresser! “Thank you Lord!” she says out loud! Excited to embellish the perfect molding that frames this mirror, someone had intentions of doing just this, but never got around to it. She knows just what she’s going to do along the frame, as she digs for the box of sand and shells she has had for years, not knowing what she was going to do with them, untill now! Slowly but surely she glues and sticks starfish, shells & pearls galore! A little TLC and see what you can get for free!

The sun is poison

Did you know that the freckles or spots on your face have the chance to fade if you will just protect your skin from the suns damaging rays? I always thought, once you get a spot on your face from an old blemish or whatever the case may be, that’s it, it stays there with no hope. It’s not like the spots are going to disappear, but wouldn’t you like to know that they can fade! How? What can I protect my skin with? How can I prevent the spots from getting darker? How can I prevent the sun from wrinkling my skin? I just can’t use a greasy sunblock and the mineral make-ups don’t have enough SPF protection. So I get this sample from a friend and I lost it in a totebag for about 6 months, so when I found it again, it was a skin primer and I thought, “Ok lets check this out.” I put it all over my face one morning and it just felt sooo good! Nothing ever felt so nice, silky and smooth. I squeezed every last drop out then continued on my regular make-up routine. I looked fresh, not a look I was used to seeing. I felt like my make-up lasted longer and I wasn’t shiny. So the next day I got ready without it and I noticed the difference without it! I called up my friend and asked her more about this product that I had never heard of before. I’ve been searching for a product like this my entire life and I finally found it! Colorescience “let me be clear” primer for problem skin! There is one for every skin type too! So I bought my primer and never have been a day without it! (thank God my friend sells it!) Then I wanted to do something even nicer for myself (which I hardly ever do.) I purchased the Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 because I found out the make up I use (that has SPF 17) isn’t really protecting my skin because the SPF ingredient is all the way at the bottom of the ingredients list! Being that I’m economical, I couldn’t just trash the make-up I have stocked up on and decided that these 2 steps of Colorescience will have to do for now. I will be getting the mineral foundations with SPF 20 ASAP! A tan face looks nice until it fades to wrinkles or skin cancer! I can stop searching for the make-up of my dreams! To be continued…

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  Kim K’s look is a definite no, don’t let this happen to you! Wear your Sunforgettable this weekend and reapply every two hours! Remember: Sunscreen should be worn by everyone, regardless of their age, gender, cultural background or skin color.

Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 which has just received the Active Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation!

My “high-end” piece.

 As I’m giving the tour of my new home to family, my wealthy cousin stops and stares, touches the details and says, “I’ve seen pieces like this in highend furniture stores.” No my dear, I wouldn’t know, I got that from a yard sale two weeks ago. It was brown and ugly and it smelled a bit, so I painted and embellished it. I changed the knobs that I recycled from my kitchen, isn’t this $20 piece simply bitchen?

 

My favorite

Everybody needs one of these

My kitchen revolves around my pink KitchenAid. She is so beautiful! When I got her several years ago, she changed my life, I felt like royalty. No more hand held mixers that can’t handle what I require of them. She was the crown jewel in my tiny condo kitchen until the day I moved into my new home. Now I had the chance to decorate a large, plain kitchen! What shall I do? I love to paint, I can change the look of things without a lot of money.  I chose light green, kind of like a green apple green (but lighter) for the walls and chocolate brown for the cupboards with new chrome drawer pulls from Overstock.com. This made my KitchenAid pop! This design will do for now. Talk about design on a dime. The one thing I regret is not taking before and after pictures of this transformation. But all is well with my pink KitchenAid, I love her. She is by far the favorite pink appliance that I own.

Picker

 I love the town I live in. When someone is “done” using something, they put it out front for some else to take home! I have a lot of trash-to-treasure transformations in my home. I have the stories that go with each piece, but no before pictures. What’s wrong with me? Live and learn and move on. I needed to furnish my new home that only had a tiny amount of furniture coming from a condo. I don’t believe in maxing out credit cards to get brand new-exactly what you want-right now things. So I was patient and God new what I was looking for and not before too long there they were… on the side of the road, just for me. I am an American Picker!