There is such beauty in the simple. Simple is beauty. They go hand in hand. I love leaning in my decor towards the simple and minimalist side of things.
I was recently shopping in a thrift store and found some imperfect yet lovely old tea cups. The idea sparked me. Simply plant some grass seed in them. We can go buy fake grass decor anywhere. But really why buy fake?
I love walking by my window and seeing the bright, fresh, very much alive, grass. We all know plants help filter the air we breath including grass. What's really great about this is you do not need a green thumb. You just throw the grass seed in some dirt. Water once in a while. I call it my pet grass. It is soft to reach out and simply touch. You can cut it with scissors once it is to tall for your taste and you can have fun watching it grow all over again. And best of all it is cheap. You can get a handful of seed from a friend or neighbor with out having to buy a big bag.
It is simple, easy & stunning to look at. The beauty of simple, it is indeed.
I am not getting any younger. As I age I have noticed slight changes in my vision. I am not yet to 5o but getting closer everyday. This year it has opened my eyes to eye health. Why do I try to keep my body healthy but forget about my eyes? I think most people actually do this too.
Did you know that you can get Age Related Macular Degeneration? What is this condition? An eye condition associated with ageing in which the yellowish spot macula in the middle of the retina breaks down or becomes damaged as a result of leaking blood vessels. Symptoms include blurry central vision and diminished color perception. Scary.
But thankfully this can be treated and maybe even reversed with emerging treatments! It is most common in ages 55 plus.
I wanted to get this FREE information booklet into your hands today so you can read all about Age Related Macular Degeneration or give it to someone you love.
I am so thankful to get this for myself. I am more empowered now so as I age so I can stay on top of my eye health. I want to see brightly into my future!
It is Spring and new things are in the air including brand new homes! I just love homes and touring homes. Today I wanted to share with you a home tour of a new Maberry Style (55+) community in Clayton N.C. called The Walk at East Village. My husband is a little bit older than me and will be 55 before I know it so this community really caught my eye to get ideas. Plus I just had to let you know they are having a grand opening event this weekend. After the tour check out the information below for some weekend fun.
A variety of designer-grade, custom Cottage and Village-style homes ranging from 1,668 to 3,044 square feet, with three finish options at set pricing levels, are available from the $290,000s to the $500,000s. Even the base level comes standard with granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, wooden shelving and built-ins, with options increasing in quality from there.
New Active Living, Age-Qualified Community in Clayton Celebrates Grand Opening April 22
Mayberry-Style Community Provides Relaxed Living with Adventure Around Every Corner
Clayton, North Carolina – April 4, 2017 – The Walk at East Village, a new construction 55+ age-qualified active living community in Clayton, is celebrating its grand opening with a public event Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Prospective homebuyers and the entire community are invited to the family-friendly event to enjoy live music, free food and drinks including a neighborhood pig pickin’, model home and site tours, raffles, helicopter rides for homebuyers and more.
The Walk at East Village, located at 75 Bladen Pl. in Clayton, offers custom-grade homes with a touch of Southern charm. It also offers a unique pocket neighborhood concept designed to help its residents connect. It is the only dedicated 55+ age-qualified community of its kind in the Southeast. Thepocket design creates a neighborhood within a neighborhood, with clusters of eight to 12 single-family homes facing each other around a shared common space such as a garden courtyard or walking path. With large porches out front and cars tucked in garages in the back, residents enjoy a greater sense of social environment, connection and security.
The Walk at East Village is also designed for activity. From the walking paths, a putting green and a heated saltwater pool with lap lane, to the 12,000-square-foot club house with a high-end fitness center, pickle ball and bocce courts, and a community garden, there are plenty of activities for everyone. The community’s activities director will also be developing programming around niche interests, such as arts and crafts events, cooking classes, happy hours and more.
“Whether you’re looking for someone to play golf with or the simple ability to chat with neighbors from your front porch, The Walk at East Village is designed for you to live at your own pace,” said Joe Smith, CEO of TIMU Group, LLC, who is developing the community in partnership with TH Clayton Development Company, LLC. “Our development team is based locally so we’re proud to be making such a meaningful impact on our own communities. Our leadership team is onsite daily to ensure the highest quality construction. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with everyone at the grand opening event!”
The Walk at East Village is not only bringing a new kind of active living neighborhood to the area – it is also revolutionizing the home buying process with an online system developed specifically for the community. The price listed online is the final selling price, not a starting point. This approach to home buying makes the purchasing process easier and more transparent, eliminates bait-and-switch pricing and still gives the homebuyer a large range of style options to choose from, working through the unique online platform and showroom experience.
About The Walk at East Village:
The Walk at East Village is a new construction 55+ age-qualified active living community in Clayton, North Carolina, featuring unique pocket neighborhoods designed to help residents connect. The community provides carefree living in the heart of home town with its Mayberry personality – from the landscaping to the lamp posts and signage, the community evokes a sense of relaxed Southern charm and hospitality with style. For more information on The Walk at East Village or to start designing your new home, visit www.thewalkateastvillage.com or call 844-900-WALK toll free. Stay connected with The Walk at East Village via social media at Facebook.com/TheWalkAtEastVillage, @WalkEastVillage on Twitter and@thewalk_eastvillage on Instagram.
Last year I had a blast at Raleigh's Southern Women's Show. From fantastic food, venders, makeovers, fashion, giveaways, shopping, to entertainment, there was non stop fun around every single corner.
I do not want you to miss this years show! Enter below for tickets by commenting. I will choose winners at random and contact you.
Triangle Residents Can Enjoy Annual Shopping Event April 21-23
RALEIGH, North Carolina – Feb. 9, 2017 – Southern Women’s Show is excited to welcome special guests and offer premiere entertainment April 21-23. The annual event’s 2017 festivities include two celebrity guests: Laurie Hernandez, Olympic gold medalist and winner of Dancing With the Stars, and Keegan Allen, popular TV star from Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. Attendees can also enjoy shopping with amazing deals and top brands, fashion shows, DIY workshops, games, giveaways and more.
Hernandez is no stranger to the spotlight as an Olympic gold medalist in the 2016 Summer Games and winner of Dancing With the Stars season 23. She recently published a book titled I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, which shares her story in her own words. Hernandez will be at Southern Women’s Show Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage in the Jim Graham Building. She will participate in an audience Q&A, sell and sign copies of her book, and take photos with fans. Her biggest fans can purchase a VIP experience for $75 on the show website, which includes two show tickets, two Southern Women’s Show bags, a signed copy of her book, private meet and greet with photo opportunity, a signed photo and reserved seating during her Q&A.
“America fell in love with Laurie during the 2016 Olympics and then again on Dancing With the Stars, so we are thrilled to bring such an incredible talent and sweet personality to this year’s show,” said Katie Cronin, show manager of the Southern Women’s Show. “We know attendees of all ages will love hearing more about her story and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of meeting an Olympian!”
Allen stars as Toby Cavanaugh in Freeform’s long-time show Pretty Little Liars. He also recently released a book titled life.love.beauty, which features photos taken by Allen himself. Allen will be at the show Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage. Fans can purchase a VIP experience with Allen for $50 on the show website, including one show ticket, a signed copy of his book, private meet and greet, photo opportunity, signed photo, Southern Women’s Show bag and reserved seating during his Q&A.
The Southern Women’s Show weekend includes activities and entertainment for the whole family with Girls Night Out, Teacher Appreciation Day and Mother Daughter Day. The 2017 show includes new features, such as the Etsy Pavilion with local Etsy shops as well as craft classes on the Spotlight Stage. Fan favorites like the Firefighter Fashion Show and the Fido Fashion Show return to entertain the crowd while raising awareness and funding to local nonprofits. Guests can enjoy cosmetic consults, makeovers and giveaways from Belk’s team of experts. The Belk beauty bar is also debuting MAC and Urban Decay products. Attendees can sample North Carolina’s finest foods in the expanded Got to Be NC Pavilion in the Exposition Center.
The Southern Women’s Show runs Friday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at an advanced discount price of $10 online or $8 at local Walgreens locations starting March 21. Tickets can also be purchased for $12 at the door. Tickets for children ages 6 through 12 are $6 and children under the age of 6 can attend free of charge with a paying adult. For the first time, those interested can also purchase a three-day wristband for admission throughout the whole weekend for $15 on the Southern Shows website. For more information, visit www.SouthernShows.com/WRA.
About the Southern Women’s Show:
The Southern Women’s Show is the premier weekend-long event for women in the Triangle community and attracts tens of thousands of guests each year. It features celebrity guests, shopping, and workshops on food, fashion, beauty, health and fitness, business, education, home, travel, and more. The 2017 show is proudly sponsored by Chevrolet, Food Lion and WRAL-TV. The event is organized by Southern Shows Inc., a Charlotte-based company that hosts 11 Women’s shows annually.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SouthernShows.com/WRA.
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What a great Spring weekend to be out and about in North Carolina. My son and I wanted to experience something different in our Triangle region that we had not yet tried. Brixx in Bradford Shops Cary N.C. was the spot. They also have a location in Parkside Town Commons just in case your in Cary anytime soon.
Let me tell you 9 reasons why Brixx was the fix for me this weekend!
Brixx is open Monday -Saturday 11 a.m. -1 a.m Sundays 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Look them up on Facebook @Brixx Pizza – Parkside Town Commons and @Brixx Pizza – Bradford.
Learn more at www.brixxpizza.com
Has life ever gotten hard for you? Have you ever had "stuff" happen so much back to back that your left wondering what in the world? Life is not easy that is for sure. Things happen in seasons and for a reason. We may not always see the reason why, but rest assured God has a plan.
I love at Bible Gateway they have so many translations of the Bible to study from. I like the NIV translation as seen in my art above. But, I love the Complete Jewish Bible translation of Philippians 3:14 too.
Philippians 3:14Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 14 I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.
Ok right there is such an awesome wow factor in that verse. Ok,,, as if salvation in itself is not enough God even will reward us for pressing on in this life and living out your walk in Messiah Christ Jesus. To think God has a prize for us? God is such a good daddy. He is so amazing there are no words.
What are you doing to press on? Are you just floating by barely? There are times we may end up like that for a moment but you should never stay that way. Are you rising up above the waves of the storm to not let them bury you? Or are you walking on them? Keep your eyes on the one who has saved you already. Jesus. Keep your eyes on him at all times in all circumstances. Simply put, keep your life centered on him Yeshua, Mighty Jesus Christ the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. If you do and live focused on him and what he has already done about your problem at the Cross and what he is doing now and what he is about to do on your behalf in the future, then worry CAN NOT pull you under for good.
Imagine while in prayer walking up to the throne of the Father and laying your problem down at his feet. Say, Father I can not do this. You take care of it for me. He will. But do not walk back and pick it up. Let it alone!
Worry is of course the opposite of faith. Faith pleases God. So if faith pleases God and it is opposite of worry then, don't worry, be happy! Have faith that God's got this. Remember that song from the 80-'s? For real listen to it and be happy! Press on. It will get better! God even has a prize waiting for you on the other side. I think he is pleased when he sees us stopping worrying so much and trusting in him!
So in closing. The two good reasons to not worry be happy? God's really got this and sees the solutions so do not carry the weight of life alone. And he even has a prize for you later.
Download below for free my Philippians 3:14 ( NIV) art for your own enjoyment!
One of my all time favorite cartoons of the 80's growing up was the Smurfs. Their cute little homes and adventures had me fixed on the T.V. Saturday mornings. I am so honored to help promote my little pals. The Smurfs are back from the 80's land of la la lala la la to 2017 with the most EPIC adventure you could ever imagine a Smurf or any human for that matter to take. All the old favorite characters are back in all their lovable cute glory.
There's a lot of great resources below for parents, grandparents,aunties & uncles , teachers, baby sitters and just whom ever!
Check out the trailer below and also enter to win FREE tickets!
When you click the link below for the free activities you can click off the movie trailer that pops up to discover the links underneath!
The all star cast:
Demi Lovato - Smurfette Rainn Wilson - Gargamel Joe Manganiello - Hefty Jack McBrayer - Clumsy Danny Pudi – Brainy Michelle Rodriguez - Smurfstorm Ellie Kemper - Smurfblossom Ariel Winter - Smurflily with Mandy Patinkin - Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts - Smurfwillow
Below is the faith & character building discussion guide with 4 different topics, to talk over with your group trip or your own kids. This guide brings out real life situations in the movie and brings it home with a great message in character building for anyone of any age. It is simply brilliant if you ask me.
Smurfs The Lost Village is out in theaters April 7 2017
I love Chinese egg rolls they are simply fantastic to me. But lately I have to watch my carbs. This month I set out to fix this problem and I did. As a Jennie-O Switch Circle blogger I was sent their all natural turkey sausage. I tried it out in making a egg roll in a bowl. It really took me away!
What you need:
Ok the great thing about using Jennie-O's all natural trukey sausage is that is it only has 5 grams of fat! It is zero carbs and has 13 grams of protein. The sodium count is much lower than other sausage brands that I have compared it too.
This dish is so simple and a serving is only around 6-9 carbs depending on if you add a few frozen sweet peas for color.
This is enough to serve a large family or save for other meals during the week. Or you can cut the tube in half and the bag in half and make a smaller amount.
This fresh dish is healthy and fast. You just can not beat the flavor and the time it takes to prepare. Amazing.
I love mineral and powder full coverage foundations. You can layer them as little or as much as you want. Your totally in control. But the price of our favorite powder or mineral foundations are just to much.
In order to preserve your makeup investment you can make it last longer. Or take some of your old compacts that have a little left and grow it to make that dollar go further.
What you will need:
I can not tell you how much corn starch or cacao powder to use in this because each persons blend will be different. I would start with what is left of your compact or all of it if it is full. Start maybe adding a full heaping table spoon of corn starch.
Actually add as much powder as you want to make the size batch you desire. Start adding the cacao as you think you will need last. Go light on it you can always slowly make it darker as needed and build it up to your skin shade or desired glow. Sample a little as you blend each shade until you get what you want. If your testing it as you go you will get it right! Do not worry. Just make sure your sampling a tiny bit thats been blended well.
As you see next the colors all stand out at first but you must grind and mix well until you see no other color run. Take a look at how dark the below picture is compared to the next one where the powders are all well blended. Do you see all the colors running? At first your mixture will be darker but do not fear it will lighten as you blend.
Now look at the finished product! It was my perfect shade. You should apply your makeup as you go along and test it until it is built up to your desired shade. You will be surprised even if fair skinned how much cocoa powder you will actually need. As you grind it together It will blend well and give you such a fantastic natural glow.
I have found that this blend helps with oily skin. It also does not dry out the face. I have combination skin so I was a great tester! This will be perfect for summer too. It is build-able on your face and as light or heavy as you wish. I have sensitive skin and this does not break me out. Just simply clean makeup.
I suggest storing it in a small glass bowl to keep it clean from plastics inevitable toxins.
This will transform that expensive compact to a much high volume longer use. Your in control and it feels great to make your own makeup and save so much money.
Be frugal and look good while doing it!
I was using mason jars on my counter to hold my staples such as flour, sugar as kitchen counter canisters. I needed something larger but I loved my jars so I decided to go buy jars a lot bigger. But I had an idea. I love bird houses. Why not decorate the jars with bird houses to make my canisters.
To make this craft get large mason jars and go to the wooden dollar section of any craft store. I wanted to do four.
First cut off the string on top of the bird houses.
You can fill in the wholes with wood filler. I was going to do that myself but honestly as I began to do this project I did not check my supplies well before hand and my wood filler was too dried up and would not work well. That is ok. I am learning the beauty of imperfection lately. I might use some of the tiny wholes later to stick a tiny bird in it or something.
Next spray paint your bird houses or hand paint them. I painted mine with left over spray paint colors I had on hand in my shop. I wanted to keep this country decor project cheap.
I took crafting paint to accent the country bird houses after they dried. I wanted some of the unique features of each house to have more of a pop.
Next you can leave them as is or take sanding paper and scuff them up. It gives your country decor a weathered look easily.
Next hot glue your houses to the mason jar lids. How tight for 60 seconds for each clued lid to secure them tight.
That's it. This is an easy craft to do in one day. Never pick your mason jar up by the bird houses but by the sides of the jar to ensure the hold of your craft. Enjoy!
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Spring is almost here. I get so excited because it is my favorite season of the year. Spring is amazing with the burst of new life and color. Vibrant blooms, butterflies & Spring cleaning get people into a new view after a long cold dead winter. I love putting a Spring wreath on the front door as one of my yearly Spring to do's. Below is a roundup of low cost yet stunning Spring wreaths all below under $20! I like saving money and looking good. Just click any wreath you like to take you to purchase it.
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One of the fastest ways to change the look of a room is to change the throw pillows. It is an old interior decorator trick that is a winner. I wanted to share with you some tips you may already know or you may of never thought of.
Below I have made a grid for you showcasing some examples I love of new throw pillow covers. Look around. There is even one that is cute for . 66 cents shown below. So go ahead change that look. Do it for cheaper than buying new pillows.
I have really developed a liking lately for modern farmhouse decor. I have found some great free farm house printables for you to print and frame. If you are on a budget this is a great way to save money when decorating. You could even get frames from the Dollar Tree or thrift stores for cheap and repaint to your liking.
I have to share with you my favorite site first. Out of all the sites I foiund The Mountain View Cottage is awesome. Her site rocks and she makes all original farmhouse printables.
Check out my Pinterest board for the rest of the 7 free farmhouse printables sites then simply Pin it! You know you gotta.
Check out my new and growing Best of Home Board in Pinterest. It will have some of the best deals I have found in awesome home stuff for you! There is even farm house pillow covers for .66 cents!
There was a time I was a single mom. I was young with two little ones to care for. I was working every odd job I could when my kids were at their dads on visitation those first few months. I had to work around my kids because I did not have the money for childcare that first year nor any helping hands on a regular basis. I had originally been a young stay at home mom all the years prior when my husband was working, with no college or skills. I had to budget every dollar wisely to get by those days as a single mom. Now before my marriage went to shambles God had been working in my heart on the subject of biblical stewardship and tithing.
Just because I was a single mom it did not mean I was excused from the test of tithing, this was what the Holy Spirit was laying on my heart. As I went to church one day at a new church I was attending, it was yet again heavy on my heart. He was actually in this personal test, asking me to give it all. I reasoned with the Lord that I only had seven dollars cash on me to last till my next pay whenever that may be. With two little ones to feed and to put gas in the car I didn't know how I would do it without the seven dollars. Now the tithe is giving a tenth but God wanted my faithfulness that day.
Malachi 3:8-10 [Full Chapter]
Can a person rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tenths and voluntary contributions. A curse is on you, on your whole nation, because you rob me. Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
Proverbs 3:9-10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income.
10 Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine.
I decided to trust God because of course it all belongs to Him. Why we would he prompt me to give and to actually give it all if He was not going to take care of me? God will not let his children beg for bread according to Psalm 37:5 . Faith is believing what you can not see Hebrews 11:1 and faith is action. So I set out to test Him on the tithe.
Malachi 3:10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
10 Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house,
and put me to the test,”says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
I will admit as I walked up to the altar to put my church offering into the basket I was a bit afraid but I made up in my mind to trust God more than I had fear. So I happily gave. I knew God would take care of us. I went about after that worshipping Him during the service knowing it would be ok. As I was leaving a sweet old lady whom I barely knew stopped me. She said God spoke to her heart to give me this. I thought she handed me a note of encouragement. I thanked her and hugged her and wished her a happy Sunday.
2 Corinthians 9:7Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7 Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.[a]
I went to my car to put the children in their car seats. I sat ready to drive when I felt I couldn't wait to read the sweet note. I opened the paper and there was no note but a check for 70 dollars! She did not know me or my situation. She did not know the test God was doing in me that day. Only the Holy Spirit knew. I sat crying. I sat crying at her sweet giving. I sat crying at my God who does what He says He will. God turned my 7 dollars into 70 within the hour and took care of me! He is always faithful.
In the average American diet we simply do not get all the nutrients a person needs. In this fast paced world who has time to get all they need in a day to be at optimal health? A great way to get healthy food fast is with green superfood. You can add superfood powder to cakes, smoothies and more. My personal favorite is smoothies.
Eight reasons to try super food powder:
The brand to get is Activa Naturals and here is why:
Visit ActivaNaturals.com for more health information.