Sunday, December 4, 2016

The List: Mama's Favorite Things 2016...

Oh, how I LOVE a list!!
They are my life!!

{Unfortunately, I seem to mostly love making lists & then leaving them on the kitchen counter instead of taking them with me to the store...}

I especially love lists of things I love & will probably never own or even touch, but I love to love them all the same!

If Oprah can have her list, then I certain am entitled to have one too... 😉

Welcome to a quick list of Mama's Favorite Things 2016!!

First on my list...

This Blanket...

I mean sure, there are blankets...
and then there are BLANKETS!

On a RARE trip to the mall with Olivia recently, I noticed this one in Pottery Barn...
It is absolutely divine!!
AND it is absolutely criminal how ordinary this picture makes it look!!

I need this blanket in my life, we all do! 💕



Is your phone FULL OF PICTURES!?!?

Mine totally is, I would love one of these flash drives to help protect them!

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad 





A Prayer Box...is this not the cutest thing!?!

I found this one on Amazon.
Local friends, check Friends & Stitches in Lebanon they carry this brand & might have these.




Wear the names of the people you love...

Personalized Sterling Cuff Bracelet...

I love these, they're so sweet!!



These are the most divine treasures...

Hand painted Blue Willow Chinoiserie Ornaments
& y'all KNOW handmade gifts are always the best!

I collect mercury glass ornaments for my big tree, but this year I decided to have a small tree in the kitchen & decorate it with blue & white willow inspired ornaments (that cease to exist apparently because this is the only one I have found)...if you see any more, please let me know!!




Flickering Flameless Candles...

I mean, if you have seen them in person YOU KNOW what I'm talking about!
That flicker is just so bewitching!!
Can you even?!?

I love candles, but seldom burn them in the house (because my kids are heathens).
These candles are gorgeous & the little flame flickers, they look so real!!
Local friends Southern Swank on the Lebanon Square just got these in stock, stop by and grab a few!




Sam Edelman Penny Boots...for the WIDE calf!

YASSSS!!!
Triumph for the WIDE CALF!!!

I have {ahem, muscular} calves, no chicken legs here...

I bought a pair last year & they are my GO TO every time I step into my closet!




I am an absolute fool for chalk art, hand lettering & whatnot...

This book looks fabulous, Hand Lettering 101!





And these markers have been recommended to me as being THE BEST for lettering & brush stroke writing...

I'm dying to try some!

I found those on Amazon, but I'm sure you could probably find them at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.




This Barrington bag...it's killing me!

Sheaffer of Sheaffer Told Me To has been sassing around with one for months, it's darling...







I recently cleaned out my travel/sippie cup cabinet & we basically have nothing to drink out of...
(thanks, kids...)

For about a year, I've been debating about ordering a Yeti,
but I noticed that our favorite local shop, Wilkies Outfitters on the Lebanon Square carries the Orca brand cups & the Hydroflask!

Do you have one of these?

What's your favorite brand?





Nirvanna Designs Handwarmers....

Seriously now!

These granny squares make my heart melt!!

Local friends, you can find them (& more) at Iddy & Oscars in Lebanon.
(& as a bonus, I might be working when you come by & you'll get lots of hugs & love too) 💕


and how about one more...

I have loved Draper James "Y'all" bags for about forever now, but this football collection is even more fun!



I would LOVE to get my hands in those mittens, or wrap up in that scarf (but not the sweater, it never gets that cold here during football season & if it does it'll get covered up with a coat)...


So, what about y'all? 😉

Do you have any favorites that you just love to love?

Since I started helping at Iddy & Oscars I don't get out shopping as much as I used to, I miss finding fun stuff! Share some of your favorites with me! 💕

Thanks for stopping by to visit.
I hope everyone has a beautiful, blessed Sunday!

Mwah,
Mandy


Monday, November 21, 2016

Motivation on Monday...Thankful & Happy


I meant to post this earlier but I had an early appointment at my dermatologist's office this morning, where I am a member of her "Six Month Club" (thanks to a hateful mole on my shoulder last year) (& God bless her, that's not even what I was in the office for that day!!)...

Everything looked just fine & she will see this pasty white body again in May. ;)

I just wanted to pop in and share this picture quote I found recently.

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like....and celebrating it for everything that it is."




OH, how I WISH I could go back in time and stick this picture in my face!!
((You are not in control, you were never in control and you ain't never gonna be in control.))

During the week of reflecting and gratitude, this off the rails, obsessive control freak is so thankful that she can finally live a life celebrating it for what it is.

If you're alive and healthy and able, then you've got some serious celebrating to do! ;)
Get out there, friends & get after it!!

Much love to you all on this gorgeous, grateful Monday!!

Mwah,

Mandy


Motivation on Monday...Thankful & Happy


I meant to post this earlier but I had an early appointment at my dermatologist's office this morning, where I am a member of her "Six Month Club" (thanks to a hateful mole on my shoulder last year) (& God bless her, that's not even what I was in the office for that day!!)...

Everything looked just fine & she will see this pasty white body again in May. ;)

I just wanted to pop in and share this picture quote I found recently.

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like....and celebrating it for everything that it is."




OH, how I WISH I could go back in time and stick this picture in my face!!
((You are not in control, you were never in control and you ain't never gonna be in control.))

During the week of reflecting and gratitude, this off the rails, obsessive control freak is so thankful that she can finally live a life celebrating it for what it is.

If you're alive and healthy and able, then you've got some serious celebrating to do! ;)
Get out there, friends & get after it!!

Much love to you all on this gorgeous, grateful Monday!!

Mwah,

Mandy


Sunday, November 13, 2016

On My Nightstand (& my Amazon Prime Watch List)...Scarlett

You guys already know what a book nerd I am...
Give me a book & I am as happy as can be!

And you guys also already know what an idiot I am over Gone With the Wind...
I mean like...fiddle-dee-dee! ;)



About this time last year, Gone With the Wind was on tv and I found myself home alone with the kids one weekend watching it on a loop...

It got me to thinking about how many times I have read that book (um, several) and how many times I have read the sequel, Scarlett (um, one time).

It really shouldn't surprise me, but...
It's always SO funny when I realize God has held a neon sign up in front my face!

At the time I was struggling a bit with the long hours P Daddy has been putting in to achieving some career goals. I am fully prepared to accept an academy award for my role as a supporting actress here, nothing makes me happier than to help him make his dreams reality & I have a speech already prepared! ;)

But at the time, I was having a pity party and Scarlett came along & jerked my tail right up!

It is amazing how you can read a book in college and enjoy it for the story...

Put it on the shelf and read it again twenty years later & it means something else to you entirely!

A lot of people did not like the book Scarlett, they thought it to be disrespectful to Margaret Mitchell; just like the criticism of Donald McCaig's books Rhett Butler's People & Ruth's Journey.

Yadda, yadda, yadda...go away with your criticism because I enjoyed each of them the way we all nearly burst into tears when we heard the words "Chewie, we're home"!

I admit, the globe trotting turn of events in Scarlett were a bit far fetched, but I enjoyed them entirely because over the span of time in this book Scarlett grew up and I don't know about you; but none of us are the same person we were ten years ago. Time marches on and Scarlett being the surviving badass that she is, marched right on with it!

Even though I read this book last winter, I wanted to share it as an On My Nightstand topic because about a month ago I nearly fell off the couch when I flipped through my Amazon Prime suggestions and saw this....



Oh, my heart!!!
The 1994 tv mini-series of Scarlett (that I have seen only ONE TIME) starring Joanne Whalley-Kilmler (former wife of Val) and Timothy Dalton (reow).

Again, critics be on your way...

Because over a course of a week recently, I pulled my tissues out & wept with happiness over those two stubborn mules in a horse's harness!

If you're a fan (not a critic, shooo, go away) I highly recommend you read & watch both versions sometime soon. The video was $8 on Amazon Prime, but it was worth every penny to enjoy it again.

Always a devoted fan,

Mandy

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Mama's Return...to Blogging

(tap, tap...microphone feedback...)

Helloooooo (echo)

Anybody here? ;)

Dear Sweet Friends, I have sat down & started about fifty different blog entries over the past few months. For some reason I never could finish any of them. I don't know if it was "writer's block" (which I doubt since this blog consists mainly of rambling hootenanny). I don't know if it was fear (which stemmed from every other person on the planet crying & being offended about everything, I have no time for witch hunts). I don't know if I just freaked out when I suddenly realized that people actually READ my blog (which originated as a form of free therapy to help me cope with trying to raise three kids & not lose my mind...and in that beauty I wrote whatever I wanted like no one was watching).

I don't know.

But I DO know that I really miss this creative outlet.

{I also know that no one reads blogs anymore, so it's safe to come out (like the munchkins, "it's alright...she's gone") ha.}



My blogging adventures have consisted of crafty fun, shopping adventures, recipes, book nerd reviews, paint projects & stories of parenting our three children. In the past few years, the page has turned (LOUDLY, like a giant, dusty old book in the library) and our children have turned into young adults {and I am finding that I have not graduated from the need for crafting & cheap therapy to help me cope with trying to raise three children who are no longer children}....

Mamas of "young adults", pour yourself a glass of wine...

Mamas of "children", just pull up a chair (no wine for you yet, you can not drive these children around if you're drinking wine and us mama's who have scooted over to the passenger's side to teach these "children" how to drive...WE NEED IT)...

Mamas of all ages, settle in...♥

This post marks The Mama's Return...to Blogging. ;)



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Giddy Up, Eunice...a Giveaway!!

Oh, friends!!

I have fallen off the blogging truck & it has backed up & run over me about five times! It has been so busy here, but yet I have not accomplished much of anything worth telling about! Do you guys get that way? I've been really trying hard to simplify life at our crazy house, but I don't feel like I'm doing a very good job.

I am WAY, way behind on sharing adventures so I am going to just jump in here and pick one HUGE adventure to start with!

Early this spring I filled out an online application to serve on a "launch team" for Sophie Hudson's newest book, Giddy Up, Eunice. If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know my undying love & devotion for the hilarious Sophie Hudson, her blog and her books.

Knowing this, you can understand completely how I came out of my chair in excitement  the day I received an email saying that I had been selected to be on her launch team!

Team Sophie!! Yasssss!!!!




I was invited to a private Facebook group with roughly 250 other delightful women who all love Sophie's blog & books (which was a masterful move on Sophie's part & I'll explain what I mean by that in a minute) and about ten days later in the mailbox I received an advance copy of Giddy Up, Eunice (Because Women Need Each Other).



Well, as excited as I was for being a part of the team...I was completely unprepared for how excited I would be after reading her new book!

Like her other two books, this one was filled with tons of funny stories about family and life. But this book was a little bit different because it was also filled with references to scripture that touched my heart and really made me think. This book is hands down the best book I have ever read about women, friendships, mentoring and community!

Here's the little summary off the back cover:


It’s easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y’all). The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it’s high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.

Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love, sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives—whether they’re behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.

Saddle up, sister. This is going to be fun.
 

Saddle up, indeed!

As I read through this wonderful book I found myself reaching again & again for my highlighter and mini post it notes, because I ran up on five hundred things I didn't want to forget!

Every time I checked Facebook there were new posts & pictures shared in the Giddy Up, Eunice group. The excitement for this book was growing & the group was filling up with pictures like these (actual photos...cough, stolen from the launch group):

Eunice was by the pool...


In restaurants....


Out on the porch for quiet time...(those note cards tho!!!)


and even out on the beach!



Can you even!
Pretty soon, the girls in our launch group were sharing stories, sharing advice, sharing links to uplifting posts they had read, and eventually planning up meetings in their area in honor of Sophie Hudson's book launch!

At a time when our country has never been more divided, this team of women became united...which was exactly what Sophie had hoped to do with her book, bring women together! (well played, my friend) ;)

And I am so honored and grateful that I got to be a part of it.

Reading this book has made me really think about how I have been living my life. In a time where there are so many distractions from what is really important. I WANT stop being so distracted and have stronger relationships with the women in my community!

God has put these women in my path...they are there for a reason!

Just like Sophie says in her book, younger women need older women and older women need younger women...just like Mary needed Elizabeth and Elizabeth needed Mary...and Ruth needed Naomi and Naomi needed Ruth...we are meant to walk through this life together, NOT compete with each other!

Let's be the ones to TOSS this competitive comparison game in THE TRASH CAN!

Imagine how much richer and wonderful life would be if women of all ages were cheering for each other, high fiving, fist bumping and basically just hugging each other's necks tight saying 'YAAAASSSS, WAY TO GO'!!!

Wouldn't it be great!

It would be SO great & I am just going to come out and be honest here...

I am having a fit for you to have a copy of this book!

SO, I am giving away TWO copies for one of my readers...one for YOU and one for a woman in your life that you think would enjoy this book (& I bet you already have someone in mind).



I know we are all super crazy busy, so you only have to do ONE thing to be entered to win!

Leave a comment right here on this blog entry and let me know that you would like receive a copy of this book for you and a copy for a friend.

One comment.

Boom!

Done! ;)

A winner will be announced next Sunday and I will be in touch with you that day about where to send your books.

Did I mention I am having a fit for you to have a copy of this book!??!

You are going to love this one, I promise!

Thanks so much for stopping in here (after weeks of crickets on this sad, neglected blog). I hope that each of you are doing well and I also hope that you know how much I appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of your life with this Craztowne blog!

Love you, friends!

Mwah,

Mandy

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Travels...That Weekend at Disney

Hello, sweet blogging friends!!
My goodness, I've missed you guys!

I've been trying to sit down and blog about this crazy trip we went on last month, but I have been so ridiculously busy ever since we got back!

The kidlets & I were so tickled last fall when we somehow caught P Daddy off guard and got him to agree to take us to Disney for spring break! 

Oh, there was giddy giggling (mostly by me), snickering & high fiving going on (ok...also mostly by me, so what)...

He agreed to a QUICK visit only, so we flew off on a wee early Friday morning at 5am & we did not stop moving until we got back on that plane Monday night!

Made. Every. Magical. Minute. Count!



We purchased the Memory Maker option on our Magic Bands, if you're staying for more than a couple of days I think this option is a great deal! 


We were able to get tons of family photos (that look SO much better than that funky picture I just shared). 

You can look on the Disney app & they will show you on a map where in the park their photographers are currently stationed. All you have to do is ask them to take your photo & then let them scan your magic band...minutes later your picture will (magically, of course) appear on the app. 



It was way too easy & of course we were silly posing fools the entire trip! ;)

It will also add your ride pictures (those that you have a good laugh over but never buy)...



Go ahead, laugh it up! ;)

Here are some of my favorites from the week that were taken by Disney photographers:

At Hollywood Studios (thanks to the rain, it was not a very crowded day)...









Later that day at Epcot...






(Obviously I think P Daddy is going to float away because I am hanging on to him for dear life in every one of our photos together...) ;)

The next morning at Animal Kingdom...



This was just an hour before the battle of Owen versus Expedition Everest...Owen lost (his breakfast, ugh). 

And Magic Kingdom...



(Yes, friends...it's true...I am shrinking. Beware, it could happen to you too...bless)

The weather was just fabulous all weekend except for it being freezing on our last day...(and in case you were wondering, Owen wore those crazy flag shorts all weekend...please don't act like you've never seen him wear them before! Ha)

We stayed at the Disney's Contemporary Resort.

I highly recommend this resort if the Magic Kingdom is you favorite park because you can walk there in about seven minutes as opposed to 20 on the monorail (and we all know there's no time to waste if you're wanting to run back over to the park at 10pm & ride until midnight). 

Here's a view from our room on our first night when we were beyond beat down after getting up at 3 am to get to the airport. 


And the next morning...


A theme park view room was definitely worth the extra money, it was amazing!!

A few highlights from our big crazy weekend would definitely be Evan versus the biggest chocolate sprinkle donut ever made...


The exciting marathon of adjusting P Daddy's Go Pro...maybe one day I will share some of that footage!


The day Owen couldn't resist posing with this exhausted bench napper at Hollywood Studios (I cannot take him anywhere)...


little singing in the rain...





That super awesome lunch we ate at the 50's Prime Time Cafe...pot roast & fried chicken, delish!


And well, just general silly happiness with these awesome kids of ours...(please don't grow up!!)




With the help of a Disney travel assistant (which is a free service, we used Leslie Calvert with Whimsical Destinations) and little bit of planning beforehand, our visit was just entirely magical...

We were one very happy family!

Of course, until it was time to go home...




Boo!

Until next time, Mickey...
Hope to "See ya real soon!"

Thanks for stopping by to visit, friends!
Have a Magical weekend, no matter where you are!

Mwah,

Mandy


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