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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday Favorites !

I'm linking up for Friday Favorites.
Ladies, I'm praying that this season is one that you're enjoying.
I've allowed myself to relax more than years past and I credit it all to my age.
The older I get -  the less that I allow this time of the year to stress me out.

Take a deep breath if you need to, it helps OR drink a glass or two of wine because that helps too.

I attended Brytons last 7th grade basketball of the season on Tuesday.
They played a great game and as always Bryton has such amazing hustle but they simply could't come up with the win.
So close but not the W as they hoped for.

The boys were disappointed that they lost.
As I looked across the court I didn't see any smiles and I almost didn't want to post this photo 
because it doesn't show happy. 
But as always I post reality and this was reality.
Bryton thankfully plays on a team basketball league outside of school.
They have tournaments on most weekends, so we still have basketball and this mom will be in the stands cheering loud like always.

Our oldest son turned 24 years old on Wednesday.
These two are the world to me. 
Ameer Alex loves his uncle Jordan.
Ameer isn't fond of the Santa hat that I make him wear in pictures.

We spent Wednesday morning watching our sweet Ameer Alex while his mom got some sleep.
It's always a busy time when this little guy comes over but I wouldn't change it for anything.
He has a bit of a runny nose and rubbed his ear a little, praying this sweet boy doesn't get an ear infection. 

And... he's still not crazy about the Santa hat ! I continually try to put it on him and snap a photo or two but this look has me thinking he really doesn't like it at all.  He threw it across the room shortly after this photo.

My favorite thrift store find this past week.
On Monday or Tuesday this week I posted a photo or two of me wearing the pretty red sweater that I picked up at my favorite thrift store.
Ladies it was under $3.00 and in perfect condition.
I wore it with one of my favorite scarfs.
Go here to read the post.

Here's to a fabulous week and wishing you all great happiness and health as we continue to prepare for Christmas.

Happy Friday.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Thrift Store Finds !

If I remember correctly, while in my early twenties I would have declined an invitation to visit our local thrift store.
If you have ever been in one they can be sometimes cluttered, sometimes filled with so many things that you don't know where to start looking.
And sometimes the stores aren't the easiest to maneuver through.
Many times the racks of clothes are filled so full making it difficult to find anything you want to take home.
In my twenties both my husband and I worked and I loved nothing more than frequently running to the mall on my down time.
I had my favorite stores and everything was neatly organized.
So of course the mall was the place I'd take the girls and shop. 

But things happen, people change and sometimes you smarten up when it comes to spending money.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good deal at a Von Maur or Dillards.
I've been  going to Hand Me Up's here in Omaha at least once a week for several years. 
It's one of my favorite thrift stores ever, and I was actually the manager when it first opened up.
All proceeds from purchases go to help with a facility for young people with disabilities.
Today I'm on a tighter budget and this place has a lot of top quality items.

I love love love finding what I call "GOODIES"
I love a good bargain and yet I love good quality.
My friends.....
You can have the best of both worlds.
All it takes is a little time once a week, to go through the isles.
I love finding a pretty red sweater that looks new and in great shape.
The sweater that I'm wearing in these two photos was on the rack for $5.99.
When I got to the counter to pay the cashier told me that the tags all have a number written in the top corner.
The number changes each week and I lucked out and got 50% off the sweater.
It's so perfect for this time of the year.
I'm proud of my purchases and just wanted to share my excitement with you all.

This cute purse was on the shelf behind the register.
I saw the price tag of $12.99 and asked if I could inspect it.
I looked inside and the lining was perfect.  I also made sure that the zipper worked.
It is the perfect size and so I decided to take it home with me.
Here's one advertised one in red and priced at $49.26, I think that I lucked out.

I would love a Louis Vuitton, I love love how chic they look but my budget doesn't allow it right now.
Any how, as you can tell I'm super excited about the purchases.
If you frequent thrift stores I'd love to hear what you've found. 
Hoping that you are having a great week.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekend Re-Cap !

I simply love waking up in the early morning hour while everyone is still asleep in their beds.  I tiptoe  out to the kitchen to get my morning coffee.  As I pass by the living room the glow of the Christmas lights have me smiling.
I love so many things about this time of the year and having a Christmas tree all lit up makes me happy.
Now..... onto a few weekend randoms.

This weekend has been relaxing and uneventful, no basketball games to attend and no photographs to take.
It's funny how both of these have kept this lady incredibly busy this past month.
I decided last week to put a halt on photography sessions and I'm glad I did it's gotten colder outdoors and I don't have an indoor studio.
I'm back in school and need all my weekends to study and prepare for the week ahead.
Are you watching The Hallmark Channel like I am ??
It seems like all I did on Saturday was sit around reading my psychology book chapter 2 and watch all the movies on the Hallmark Channel.

When no one else is around and this mama needs a few photographs by our tree who do I call on ?  Bryton our twelve year old ! 
I have asked him to photograph me on several occasions and he's done well.
I say train them young !
We've got our tree up and I'm in the holiday spirit.
I made my way out the door the other day and did a bit of Christmas shopping.
I most always AVOID the stores and do 95% of my Christmas shopping on line.
This year I'm changing it up a little.
I'm braving the big crowds and enormous lines.
See the smile on my face ??  Things must not have gone that bad.

Do you ever simply take a minute to look at your tree and be thankful ?
I am without a job since I'm in school almost full time and feeling THANKFUL for the opportunity !
Things are a little more difficult financially this year than past, we are eating and have a roof over our head and I'm so THANKFUL !!
We've started doing a secret Santa gift exchange with the older kids this helps financially and I'm so THANKFUL !!
It's such a new and fun tradition and less painful on the checkbook.
Bryton and the grandkids all still receive a few lot of presents and of course not all of them are expensive and the huge smiles that light up their faces when they open their gifts is priceless and I'm THANKFUL !!
It seems to me like the season goes by so quickly and the shopping and wrapping can get exhausting.
But I always say a prayer and thank the good Lord that we are healthy and blessed for everything and everyone in our lives.

Brytons team played his best friends team this past Thursday and it's rather funny because both boys are wearing #5.
Both Jacob and Bryton played a great game but Morton came out with the win and we are glad that since we lost we lost to his best friends team, it makes it a little less painful.

I did a little thrift store shopping this Friday morning.
I've got a favorite thrift store here in Omaha that I frequently stop into.

I'd been looking for a little festive bowl to put my Keurig K-Cups in.
This gold vase was $1.99.
I picked up a lot of great things, even a winter coat from Old Navy !
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my instastories, I shared everything that  bought.

Have a wonderful week :) 
I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending !


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday !


Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekend Re-Cap


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Friday Favorites !


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday !


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday & TBB Link -Up !


Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Re-Cap

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