Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2 Weeks Work + 2 More Freebies!

Lovely "hugs and kisses" bouquet from J.
I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day weekend, spending it with someone you love or doing something you love!  Mine was filled with ice skating, window shopping at the car show, and a birthday dinner with the family.  With all that fun behind me, this will probably be the last time I do anything blog related (included reading!) for the next week or two, just to limit distractions as I meditate for an important interview.  Now that doesn't mean I won't be making a few thrift shop stops on my day off, but I need to focus!  Before I go I want to share some more freebies:

1) Yesterday I found out about the lovely Sugar Paper stationary shop from one of Ali's posts.  Searching around on the shop's site, I found these adorable free desktop wallpaper designs.  Right now I'm using the February design, but I'm also digging the ones with the gold and polka dots.  They have a Kate Spade like quality.

2) Earlier today my lovely office mate told me about this sweet promotion over at Shutterfly where you can enjoy 101 free prints using the promo code SNOWDAY.  It expires tomorrow, so there's not much time left, but I'm told they always have great promotions, so I definitely plan on exploring the site some more; I hope you stop by to get yours before time runs out!



I hope everyone enjoys the rest of February.  I'll be back writing in March, God willing with great news!  and if anyone was wondering the cupcakes are from Kay Kay's Cakes!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day Plans

When I knew I'd probably have off from work today I had all kinds of wild thoughts running through my mind of what to do with the time.  I went to the market after my late night because I thought I'd get a bag of wings and make use of some Pinterest pins.  I was wrong.  The supermarket was a wasteland.  I thought I'd try out a parmesean crusted Tilapia recipe.  I also thought I'd get a loaf of French bread and make Paula Deen's French Toast Casserole for breakfast.  I was wrong. There were no wings, no tilapia, no bread, no nothing (kidding, they had a few things I needed just not these and certaintly no meat!).  Luckily my mom stopped at the market earlier and picked up some fresh bread, so I thought there was hope for my french toast.  When I got home, we realized it was actually garlic Italian bread, and there went that dream.  Then I thought maybe I'll make some bread, until I found that the yeast was about a year past the "best by" date.  As the novice baker I am, I thought I'd try it anyway (does yeast expire?), but then I realized I didn't have an 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon.  As you can imagine that project ended there.  

So, what did I end up doing?  Lounging around the house, eating leftovers with the 'rents, tackling a pile of new magazines, and being extremely grateful I'm not out in the cold!  While I didn't do what I set out to, it definitely beats being stuck outside.  Looking over the events of the past day make me realize just how blessed I am to have family, shelter, heat, electricity, and all the little things that I sometimes take for granted.

Chicken gone. 

Shout out to the deserted bundt cake and lone pack of unwanted beef.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." -John Lennon

How do you keep busy during a snow storm?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Our History Month

Looking at these photographs, what strikes me the most is the beauty of the people, ordinary families and children; however, the context of the photos reveal the ugly truth of the time.  In the U.S. February has become recognized as Black History Month; however, as far as I'm concerned it should be "Our" History Month.  The segregation and discrimination that occurred was not the history of a single race of people, instead it's the history of our country as a whole.  The history of those most directly affected, those who participated, and those who stood passively aside.  While some may be unaware of its existence or simply deny it, the truth remains that in many ways invisible signs and separate entrances still remain.  So, in no way am I suggesting that we shouldn't take the time to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans; however, I think it's important to keep in mind that the past that prompted this need for celebration is the history of us all.  While the aftermath of this history may linger on, perpetuating the need for this distinction, it is important that our progress depends on our unity.

These amazing photographs were taken by the legendary photographer Gordon Parks.  I've know of his work for quite some time, but a few days ago when I saw someone post the second of these photos on Facebook I just had to delve into his work once again.  A Google search of the photo lead me to this great article about the woman in the picture and these additional Parks' photos here.  I definitely recommend learning more about Park; his work includes writing, directing, and composing as well as high fashion photography and work for Life magazine. 

Photo source: beautifuldecay.com
Photographer: Gordon Parks

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Freebies: Free e-Book!

 Image Source: farrahgray.com
Farrah Gray is offering free copies of his book "Comfort is the Enemy of Achievement." Ever hear of this guy?  I stumbled upon this two nights ago.  He's not even 30, and he's been in business for over 20 years!  Entrepreneur, author, millionaire at age 14...  Find out more about his work and his inspiring story here.  I've yet to look into any of his books, but I figured with the offer this is a good place to start.  The book is broken into 52 segments, one chapter for each week of the year.  Each section is only about 3 pages long, so it makes for really light ready, easy to incorporate in your day yet giving you plenty to think about through the week. 

For those who may be in a period of transition or waiting, I definitely recommend using this time especially to read as much as you can and journal!  Learn from the experiences of those who've achieved the remarkable, who've become experts in their field, who've overcome obstacles, and who work in your field of interest.  Learn from their mistakes as well as your own.  Reevaluate your goals and what you are doing to achieve them.  Set a plan and execute!   

"One doesn't become great by claiming greatness." ~African proverb
Let me know if you follow the weekly readings from his book! 
I'd love to hear how it inspires you!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Week's Work: 2/2/14

A few dollar goodies from Target to aid in my organization efforts!

1. Finish up with my Fall Reading List, so I can get on to the next set!
2. Explore my selling options.  Before I head to Greene Street (consignment shop) and finish up my eBay posts, anyone ever use Store Envy?
3. Receive and review my new Amazon goodies!
4. Start prepping Valentine's Day goodies.
5. Finish up organization projects.
6. Experiment with these February manicures.
7. Create shopping list from recipes.
8. For the next few weeks I'll also be preparing for a major step in my life, to be revealed soon!      
Even with this crazy winter weather, I'm really excited for this week!  No matter what challenges you may be experiencing remember that "Delay is not denial!"  Happy Monday!
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Galations 6:9
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