Monday, December 28, 2015

the show up chip

If you celebrate it I hope you had a lovely Christmas last week.
We do and we did.
Sometimes Pretty much every year
I feel like we go overboard with the gifts for our kids.
I blame it on my husband but who are we kidding?
I'm his enabler.
I always say "we have enough, they don't need another toy or game."
And while truer words have never spoken
I think its sweet that he truly just wants it to be special for them
as in let's keep them little while we can.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

all i need

Like a lot of you
I've been prepping for Christmas.
Amazon has been my go to for gifts this year.
They should have some sort of special club
for those of us who use amazon
like it was a shop around the corner or
the seven eleven back in the day.
I'm pretty sure they're losing money on people like me
even with their prime membership dues
with all the packages that have been arriving. me.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

a few of my favorite things

Hanukah is already here and Christmas is quickly approaching.
Just like Thanksgiving I'm not quite ready but I'm trying.
The UPS and mail carrier guys are like my new best friends.
In case you're behind the eight ball like me and
you need a couple of gift ideas for you or yours
herewith are a few of my most recent favorite things...

For the gardener in your life...

I've been stalking these for a while.
Chevron planters.
They're on clearance now for a set of two
plus through today you can get an extra 12% off
with the code "SAVE12" and free shipping from hayneedle.
These may be on their way to my house.
Especially because they remind me of this...

via Southern Living

my most favorite door of all time.
My porch is getting a little mini makeover in time for the New Year. :)

For the art lover...

One of my favorite bloggers Lucy Williams
posted some pics of her original art work this week
that had me at hello...

If you have any blank wall space you need one of her paintings stat.
Color = happiness in my book.

For the music lover...

for a new twist on Christmas music
I picked up December by Chris Botti...

I put it on last night as I helped my guys with homework
and even they were moving to the music.
Its lovely and the perfect background party music.
Just saying.

For the beauty product junkie in your life
I'm telling you It Cosmetics is where its at.
I'm addicted to their lip serum glosses.
Ulta had a deal on Cyber Monday that I couldn't pass up.
I may have snapped up one of every color.
This time of year is the perfect time to stock up on their gift sets like these...


You get my drift.
Marvelous multiples.

For the techie in your life...

I'm obsessed with the Ring doorbell.
Read about it here but in a nutshell
somebody rings your bell and you get notified on your smart phone.
You can set it up to detect motion too at which point you'll also get a ping.
Even when you're not home.
I told a friend about it and he got one.
He is kind of hysterical in his use of it.
For instance some teenagers may have been on their front porch
discussing their plans for the night.
He got an alert on his phone
{because he has it programmed for motion too}
he sees them on the screen, presses a button on his phone,
and scares the you know what out of them with a big
"HEY! What are y'all doing? What's going on?"
I can't wait to do this to my kids ;)
I tried to score one from Sam's online but they sold out immediately.
Costco has them right now for under retail
but I'd like a certain color which they didn't have.
I might just bite the bullet and order one from the manufacturer
but I'm hoping they show up in store locally
while the seasons' sales are still going on.

Lastly for the exercise lover...

I told you I recently downloaded a workout video
from Hilliard Studio Method...


I did it for the first time last week and I was shaking.
It was so good.
I watched it the first time without doing anything.
It looked easy peasy...or so I thought.
Then I followed along with the weights.
Completely do-able.
You feel it but in a good way.
I got the one titled "hot flash hottie"...
I mean how can you resist that name?
My plan is to do this one until its easy-ish and then get another.
The instruction is fantastic and she gives alternatives and goals to work up to.
Best part is you can travel with it if you choose to download it to your devices.
Loves it.

Any good gifts you want to share?
Leave me a note below.
I love finding new products ;)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

taking a chance

So yesterday I did something kind of dumb.
But I'd probably do it again in a heart beat.
I was running errands, checking things off my list.
I left one store and was walking to my car.
Not really paying attention to anything
but my next destination and how quickly could I do it
because school pickup time was approaching.
One more errand to squeeze in before then would be golden.
I hear this little "excuse me" and turn to see an elderly woman.
She said "I don't know what to do. Will you help me?"
Now if you know me you'll know that I kind of don't trust people.
I admit fully that I used to watch too many
48 hours 20/20 Nancy Grace "who done it" kind of shows.
I had to ban these types of shows altogether 
because I would get sucked in
like watching a bad train wreck.
Some things you just cant turn away from.
Once I start watching
I'd have to watch until the bitter end
to see who done it.
And it never ends well does it?
So then I'd be awake all night.
I have sleep problems as it is without tv shows.
So when this lady approached me yesterday
I almost, al-most said no.
The thought that maybe she had a little gun in her jacket ran through my head.
I should probably stop reading the paper too.
Paranoia destroy ya.
So I took a chance.
Of course I will help you.
What do you need?
She told me about how she'd been chatting on her phone,
got distracted and left her keys in the car.
If I told you it was a Hummer I know you wouldn't believe me.
I'm telling you - this lady I bet is a complete hoot to know as a person.
I can't make this stuff up.
She said she lived near the shopping center,
two miles away,
could I take her home to get her spare key?
So at this point I'm debating.
Like if I let her in my car and she does have a gun
what to do then?
Because by this point I'm in.
Brilliant me decides I'll roll down my window.
I'll scream like a banshee and wave my arms out the window.
That'll work right?
As if that wasn't a good enough deterrent from harm
I look down and see my antibacterial spray.
Then I took the cap off the little bottle
so that when she pulls said imaginary gun
I'll blind her with my antibacterial spray.
Good plan right?
Yeah not so much.
But at least I was thinking of alternatives right?
The thought also occurred to me that maybe I should call my husband to tell him.
No can do.
He'll tell me not to do it.
I think it will be ok.
So I let her in my car and she says let me call my husband
and tell him to get my other key ready.
Because I told her I had to get my kids in thirty minutes.
So she calls him and it was the funniest back and forth...
I'm sure that was a little peek into my future
when I'm old and gray.
Well, older because let's face it,
under a bunch of hair dye I slap on every two weeks
I'm 70% gray now.
So she's saying to him get the key
and he's like where are you?
I can't come get you.
Why do you want the key?
And she's a little embarrassed by him not understanding.
She's looking at me.
She says he's 87, he cant really hear.
I'm trying to pretend I don't hear
but she knows that I do because its on speaker.
I just look at her like its ok, no worries, have you home in a jiffy.
Then her phone gets another call.
This new caller is like where are?
How are you in a car?
I thought you locked your keys in the car
She shushes them and says to them
I'll call you later, we're in a hurry.
We roll up to their building.
She says I'll be right back.
I'll be right here I tell her.
I kind of got the feeling that maybe she didn't believe me.
But there's no way I wasn't completing my mission.
I called my peep Laura and said look.
This is what I'm doing.
If I disappear today come look for my car around here.
Again...I watch too much reality crime tv.
So Laura thinks I'm nuts but I'm just happy
someone knows where I am.
Besides my new friend.
She comes back to the car with the doorman from her building.
He helps her in and says thank you for being her angel today.
She's very worried now that she's taken too long
and that I'm going to be late to get my kids from school.
No, no, I try to reassure her.
We've got plenty of time to get back to your car
and then for me to run and get them.
No problemo.
She says that it was her granddaughter who had called.
Her granddaughter told her to tell me
that I shouldn't have done what I did in letting her in my car.
and she herself had already told me the same thing.
I said I know.
But sometimes you gotta take a chance.
Listen to your heart and to your God whispers
but take a chance on somebody.
I had hesitated but I told her she had a good aura about her.
She just smiled.
She kept saying she was so grateful
because she hadn't known what to do or who to call to help her.
She said that her husband was sick and couldn't drive.
I want you to know that I am rarely if ever in that shopping center.
Today I went there by fluke at that time.
I literally had meant to go to the grocery across the street.
But my husband had mentioned something he wanted
to get over the weekend but didn't have time.
I decided as I went through the intersection to go right instead of left.
I told her that I knew,
just knew
that God had put me there to help her that day,
just when she needed it.
She said you believe in God?
Yes ma'am I do.
I've seen too many things in my life to doubt God's existence.
She said I believe in Him too.
And she started to cry.
She said I know you've already done me a favor today
but I'd like to ask you another one,
a bigger one,
one that means more to me than the one you just did.
Will you pray for my husband?
For his complete healing?
He's my better half.
His name is Jay.
I assured her that I would.
I did.
I will continue to.
I wish I could share her beautiful name with you
but its quite unusual and it comes up on a search of just hers and his first name.
I told you I watched too much crime tv right?
I share this story today to ask that,
if you're the praying type,
if you remember,
could you say a prayer for Jay and his wife too?
I believe in miracles.
I hope you do too.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

house in the 'hood

This is a test.
I updated my browser the other day.
Weird stuff happened when I last posted.
You know I'm technically challenged but trying.
Right now as I type there's big yellow warning box above my post
telling me the browser I just updated to may result in unexpected behavior.
That probably explains the weird random repost you may have gotten on email
and wondered to yourself what in the world is wrong with Nancy.
I was scratching my head at that one too.
So let's try a short little post shall we and see what happens next.

Herewith my most favorite recent house in the 'hood...


 If I told you that I would lay on the floor and look up all day I know you'd believe me.
I like seeing what builders are using right now.
Different is good right?
You don't see too many curved walls in kitchens, at least I haven't...

The kitchen opens into the family room...

I love the fireplace...taking notes as our fireplace surround is on my re-do radar.

The dining room is to the left as you enter the home.
Looks like a butler pantry pass through to your right...

and a formal living room or study to the right of the entry...

and the powder room...

I love the way it looks but my OCD says it wouldn't be fun to keep clean.

There were only a handful of pictures on
I wish there were more.
And no real picture descriptions to boot
so I'm guessing this is the game room upstairs ...

and if that is true then I'm assuming that this is the master...

with the master bath en suite...

 I'll leave you with a picture of the front.
I'm not always a fan of stucco designs but this had me at hello.

Wish me luck.
I'm hitting publish.
Let's see what happens...

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