Monday, July 28, 2014

Outdoor Movie Night

Our oldest son, Evan, is currently serving as our church's youth pastor. He likes planning fun activities for the kids and asked if he could host an outdoor movie night at the house.

At some point, my husband wants to construct a better screen for outdoor use with PVC pipe, but for a quick set up last night, he used a drop cloth, a couple of nails, and some heavy duty beach towel clips. He hung the drop cloth over the garage door.  We used a projector with speakers and the kids all brought their own chairs. We supplied some drinks and candy and around 8:30 pm, they started their movie.

                                                       You have to have movie candy!

(The jars were used to hold Twizzlers.)

Last night they watched...

It was fun seeing all the kids in our driveway hanging out and having a good time. This idea could work for all kinds of gatherings. I think I'd like to do this for our youngest son's birthday party in September.

I'd love to have one of these for another movie night...

Coutesy: Pinterest

 I think you can actually rent these along with cotton candy machines. But I tend to plan too big, or at least, that's what I've been told by someone else that lives in this house with me. ( Okay,  I admit it. I was searching the internet this morning for "How to Build a Concession Stand ".)

Have you ever done a movie outside? I'd love to hear some of your tips. We are planning another one for next month.

Hope you are having a great summer!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't Forget to Enjoy Today

I read something this morning by Joyce Meyer that has stuck with me today:

You can get so busy raising your children that you forget to enjoy them. You can get so caught up in cleaning your house, trying to pay for it, and remodeling it, that you forget to enjoy it. But you can learn to enjoy God so much that no matter what you do today, you can truly say, “I enjoyed it.”

Don't forget to enjoy your child today. You have one of the hardest jobs on the face of the earth as a mother. But this time really will pass quickly.

So today, buy your kids a bag of popcorn at Target to munch on while you shop, let your kids pick out their favorite candy bar or bag of candy, make ice cream sundaes, let them help you make chocolate chip cookies or a box of brownies, tell them about the day they were born, lay on the couch with them and watch a movie, and smell their hair when you take them out of the bathtub...

They may not remember everything about their childhood, but I promise, they will remember these things that they did with YOU. They will remember the silly little songs that you sang to them and how you slept on their bedroom floor when they were sick. They will remember how you baked their favorite cookies just because you knew it would mean a lot when they had a hard day. They might remember some of your bad days, too, but the good days will outnumber those.

Enjoy this day because you won't have another one just like it.

Photos by Caitlin Olson

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Monday, June 30, 2014

July Pin-Spired Link Up

I can't believe this is the last day of June! My father-in-law always says that when the calendar reads July 4th, summer is basically over. That always made me laugh, but I know what he's saying. It goes by quickly after that. One of my son's birthdays is August 26th, and I always tell him that Christmas comes pretty much instantly following that day (or it seems like that to me!).

I'm linking up today with Pinterest Told Me To,  Mix and Match Family and The Larson Lingo for

Before I do that, look at this!

Aren't they BEAUTIFUL???!!! I received these two necklaces last week.

This was a quick pic after trying on the red one  (Stella and Dot- Sardinia necklace). It's not the greatest photo, but isn't it lovely? I find myself standing and staring at it in my closet. I'm not sure what that says about me. My husband says that he is going to have to find a way to hang "all my new love for necklaces" in our closet.

Okay, on to Pin-Spired.


I like the denim shirt look with a pretty necklace, don't you?


This is from Pinterest also - a denim shirt over lace.

It might work with this dress.

I love color block dresses...really, all dresses!

Pinterest (Victoria Beckam)

TJ Maxx find

This link up is always a lot of fun. I love seeing what other ladies put together. I read so many mom blogs and I am always floored at their cute style when they have little ones running around. I wish I had been more like that! I am truly inspired by their style and reading about their daily lives. I think all moms are just amazing at what they accomplish everyday for their families.

I often think of that quote from Anne of Green Gables where it is said ,"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it."  As a mother, those words have come to me often.  If you feel you failed in some way with your children or family today, you can start fresh tomorrow. God's mercy and grace is new every morning.

 Have a wonderful week and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do You Have White Jeans in Your Closet?

I don't own any white jeans, but think they can look pretty classy dressed up or down.

Courtesy - Pinterest

Both photos above: Pinterest


These jeans are currently $12.97 at Old Navy.

All you need now is a pretty scarf, necklace, and watch.

Stella and Dot
                                                          (Still on my wish list)           


                                                                             Bauble Bar


And shoes, of course.

Source: Toms


That was fun! What do you think of white jeans? I think I may need to go shopping:)

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sales and Stuff

Good morning! This post includes a lot of "this and that".

I received an email from Nordstrom Rack with a sale on 7 For all Mankind jeans for ladies. Some of them have been marked down to a pretty good price for that particular brand, just in case you are in the market for a good pair of jeans.  The sale ends Thursday.

My daughter and I tried an Ipsy (makeup) subscription. We received our first box, but didn't really see anything that we were thrilled with. I found a Birchbox subscription special for $5.00, so decided to give that one a try instead. Have you ever tried either one of those? What were your thoughts?

Source:  Nell Hills

Source:  Nell Hills
Nell Hills in Kansas City is having their annual tent sale this Saturday, June 7th. I wish I could go, but if you do, let me know what kind of deals you picked up!

Source: Home Goods

Isn't this a pretty table setting from Home Goods? I love finding ideas like this and either pinning them or filing them away for a future time.

On another note, my son works at Starbucks and brought home this recently.

We brewed some on the stove, let it steep for 5-10 minutes,  poured it into a pitcher, and then added lemonade with a little sugar for Passion Tea lemonade. It smelled so good and was a nice alternative to just plain lemonade or tea.

I've been looking for some good books to read for the summer. I'd love a story that I can't put down, but that is also a clean read. Any recommendations?

Speaking of reading, I've been reading from Judges in the Old Testament this week regarding Gideon. My Bible  is the Everyday Life Bible from Joyce Meyer's ministry, and so it includes a lot of her notes alongside the passages. I liked what she said in Chapter 7:

"How many times does God put something on our hearts to do , but then we cower when fear comes along, causing us to hesitate and become double-minded? In this circumstance, we may feel fear, but we can do things afraid. Remember God's word to us is, "Fear not, for I am with you." When fear knocks on your door, let faith answer!"

Gideon had to have a lot of signs to believe that God would truly be with him and God was gracious to give him those signs. Remember that God is with you, no matter what your circumstances may be. Even if you are feeling afraid for whatever may be facing you, you can do it afraid. That is for me today!

I especially pray a special blessing over all the young moms who may be reading today. God is with you and notices your work and labor of love. Every unseen thing you do for Him does not go unnoticed by Him. I speak blessing over you and your children today. You are incredibly valuable!

Much love - Kathy

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Hi! I'm linking up today with Pin-Spired, The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday as well as one of my other very favorite blogs Get Your Pretty On. I enjoy these link ups because it helps me to put a little more thought into what I'm wearing.

Our last day of school was this past Friday. I put away the schoolbooks and now have to get our grades recorded. It's been a good school year, but I feel all sorts of emotions knowing this fall will be my daughter's senior year. That doesn't seem possible. We've home schooled all the way from her first day of kindergarten until now. She is our sweet treasure:)

I've mentioned that I received the beautiful Kimberly necklace from Stella and Dot as a gift and I wear it all the time. I am still so thrilled and grateful about it.  You may get tired of seeing it!

Vigoss jeans - Nordstroms

Pinterest inspired above

Peach top - TJ Maxx


Black Pleione Shirt - Nordstroms
See what I mean?

This necklace - Bauble Bar

I  have never worn jewelry much my whole life, but I've really enjoyed it lately. My husband bought me a couple of different Fossil watches for my birthday back in February and I've loved those, too. I still like this necklace that is on my "wish" list..

Stella and Dot

and this one is cute, too.

Bauble Bar

Have a great Wednesday! I also have another post for a recipe I've made over and over. Let me know if you try it.

Blessings! Love - Kathy

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Poppy Seed Chicken - A Southern Favorite

I came across this recipe about a year ago on another blog ( and tried it for supper one night. It was a big hit and I've made it many times since then. It is easy to put together and very good served over rice.

I usually start it off early in the day by preparing the chicken breasts first. I cover 3 chicken breasts with water and cook until tender. Later, I shred it and then add it to the rest of the ingredients.


3 chicken breasts, cooked, and shredded
16 oz. sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 T. poppyseed
Crushed Ritz crackers
1 stick melted butter ( I don't usually use that much. I melt about 4 T.)

Mix first 4 ingredients and put in 13 x 9 dish. Cover with crushed Ritz crackers. Melt the butter and pour over the crackers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Serve over cooked rice.

I wondered the whole time I was baking it if it would taste good. It did! My whole family LOVED it.

If you live in the South, you've probably had this many times. I like serving this with sweet tea for the total southern experience:)

Let me know if you try it!

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