Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Peace to your heart, mind, and home this season.

Here's 2 posts you may be interested in:

How to Really Enjoy Christmas Day: this is a post I read every year to remind myself of the 5 intentional things I do to make Christmas a little less frazzled, exhausted, and stressed, and a little more peace and joy filled.

This Year's Rainbow Christmas Tree
The Best Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights around Raleigh: this list has been updated for 2014. Make sure you read all the comments for even more addresses to check out.

And just a sidenote: I am going off line until my kids go back to school. I'll be back around Jan 7 or so.  I want to slow down and appreciate the days with my family.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Humble Heart Bazaar Tonight & Tomorrow!

This weekend I put the last touches on all my handmade delights.  And last night and this morning I packed the van.  And this afternoon, I will be driving very slowly to Hayes Barton United Methodist Church.

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church's Humble Heart Bazaar is this Tues, Nov 18 from 6-8pm and this Wed, Nov 19 from 10:30-2pm. Mark your calendars and grab a girlfriend for some fun shopping.

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church is located near Five Points. The address is 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.

This is my first year doing this show and I am super excited as all I have heard is how there are lots of one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, a wonderful lunch made by the women of the church ($8), and lots of fun. 

Here are some more delights I will be selling:

And here are some of the delights my booth partner, Alli will be selling. It is so much more fun to do a craft show with a friend.  Both her items and mine are completely handmade.


I hope to get some pictures of my and Alli's booth and the other booths at the show and post them here for you Tuesday night when I get home.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Great Harris Teeter Deals this Week!

I went grocery shopping at Harris Teeter today and brought my coupons with me. I had to share. My total was $167.07, but after all the sales and all my coupons, my total was $96.07.  I saved 43%! 

Here are some of my favorite deals that I got. You can go get them too. My Harris Teeter was fully stocked on all these great deals. These deals are good til Tues, 11/18.

Del Monte Canned Corn, Peas, and Green Beans are on sale for Buy 2, Get 3 Free. So you can get 5 cans for $2.58. Use the 40¢ off 4 cans coupon from 11/9 SS and you pay only $1.78 for 5 cans or 35¢ each. Great stock up price.

Swanson Canned Broth is on sale BOGO. So you can get a can for 62¢. Use the 40/3 coupon from 11/9 SS and you can get 3 cans for $1.07.

With such inexpensive broth and canned veggies, you can make a delicious crock pot vegetable beef soup.  My recipe can be found here.

Orville Popcorn is on sale BOGO. So you can get 2 boxes for $3.49. Use the coupon $1/2 from 10/26SS and you get 2 boxes for $2.49 or $1.25 a box. Great price!

And here are the FREEBIES:

Kozy Shack Pudding Cups are on sale BOGO. So each pack is $1.49. Use the 75¢ coupon from 9/21 SS and you get a pack for FREE!  Remember, Harris Teeter doubles coupons 99¢ and under every single day.

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Packs are on sale for $4.29. Use the 25¢ coupon from 10/26 PG and the $1 EVIC coupon and your total goes down to $3.04. But then you can submit the $5 Mail-In-Rebate found in the 9/28 PG and make $1.96 buying these dishwasher packs.

Ricola Throat and Cough Drops are on sale BOGO. So you can get 2 bags for $1.69. Use the $1.50/2 coupon from 11/9 RP and you get 2 bags for just 19¢. Perfect for my Brooke who is home sick with a sore throat virus today.

Are you still couponing? What were you favorite deals this week?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Free Pantene and 13¢ Pasta at Harris Teeter

For those of you who still coupon, here are 2 great deals to pick up at Harris Teeter this week:

First Deal: Free Pantene, 3 bottles! 

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner is on sale 3/$10. Use the $5/3 coupon from 9/28 PG and the eVIC coupon for $5/3 Pantene products and you get 3 Pantene products for FREE. That is what I did! 

Note you will want to do this deal by Friday, 10/31 which is when the 9/28 PG coupon expires.


However, if you have 2 copies of the PG that came out this past Sunday (10/26 PG) you can make money buying Pantene products. Check out the deal Moola Saving Mom posted:

Buy (1) Pantene Expert $6.99
Buy (2) Pantene Shampoo $3.33 each
Buy (1) Pantene Styler $4
Buy (1) Pantene Conditioner  $3.33

Use (2) Buy one Pantene Shampoo get Styler or Conditioner FREE (max $5) PG 10/26
Use $4/1 Pantene Expert PG 10/26
Use $5/3 Pantene Products eVIC
Use $2/1 Pantene Styler eVIC
Use $4/1 Pantene Expert eVIC

Total: -$1.35 (overage)

Note you will want to do the above deal by Tues, Nov 4 as that is when the sale ends at Harris Teeter.

2nd deal: 13¢ Barilla Pasta

Barilla Pasta is on sale Buy 2, Get 3 Free. The regular price is $1.69 each. Buy 10 boxes for a total of $6.76. Use 5 of the 55¢/2 from 9/7 SS to get your total down to $1.26 which is only 13¢ a box. 

Even if you only had 3 of these coupons, the deal is still good. You could get each box for 35¢.

Note you will want to do this deal today or tomorrow as Harris Teeter sale ends Tues, 10/28.

You still couponing?

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Favorite Craft Shows in Raleigh, NC

Tis the season for craft shows! I like everything about crafts shows. . shopping local, shopping independent artists, designers, and crafters, supporting my community, meeting other mompreneurs, finding something special, unique, and handmade for my home. I love it all. So much, that I often set up my own little shop every season at one of the local holiday shows.

Below is a list of some of my favorite Raleigh holiday shows. Mark your calendar, call your best girlfriend, and plan on soaking in a fun day of handmade goodness.

And for those of you new to shopping craft shows, I have 2 bits of advice:

1. Bring cash and checks as a lot of craft shows do not take debit or credit cards. It is becoming more popular for individual artists to now have "the square" that allows them to take payment by debit or credit card, but there are still a lot who only take cash or check. Plus the artists have to pay "the square" about 3% of the purchase price every time they use it. . which is a lot for a small local independent business. . .so you can doubly bless the artist by paying with cash.

Advice Bit #2. Bring a tote bag so you have all your purchases in one place when you get home. Plus a tote bag will make sure your hands are free to touch all the handmade goodness. You can also save a few plastic bags by bringing your own tote bag.

Here's my list of my favorite craft shows in the area. . all sprinkled with pictures of some of my handmade goodness I will have at my booths this year. Note: you are always welcome to stop by my house if you see something you like.
Visions of Sugarplums

This is one of the oldest holiday shows in the area. I have been going to this show since I was a teenager. For those of you who do not know, I am a Raleigh native. This year is actually Visions of Sugarplums' 40th year. This show always signals to me the start of the craft show season. It is the very fist show I attend every year.

Dates and Times: Thurs, Nov 6: 9am-8pm; Fri, Nov 7: 9am-8pm; and Sat, Nov 8: 9am-3pm
Place: Quail Hollow Swim Club at 800 Orleans Place; Raleigh, NC 27609
Notes: Free admission. For Visions of Sugarplums' website, click here. Also note, only cash or checks accepted at this show.

Wakefield Mistletoe Market

Date and Time: Saturday, Nov 15: 9am-4:30pm
Place: 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive; Raleigh, NC 27614
Notes: This is a large show with 196 vendors this year. Admission is $5, but if you bring in a canned good, you get $1 off. Children under 12 are free. For Wakefield Mistletoe Market's website, click here. For their Facebook page, click here.

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church's Humble Heart Bazaar

I will be participating in this show; come see me! This is my first year setting up a booth at this show, but other artists have told me this is one of their favorite shows of the whole season. Plus I love that 100% of the show's proceeds support missions including Safe Child, Wee Care, Methodist Home for Children, Encouraging Place and many more.

Dates and Times: Tues, Nov 18: 6-8pm and Wed, Nov 19: 10:30am-2pm
Place: Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608
Notes: Free admission but you may want to bring an extra $8 for the lunch plate that the HBUMC women cook up. I hear it is delicious.

Sanderson's Holly Days

This show is always the first weekend in Decemeber and for me marks the end of the holiday craft show season.  I have been a part of this show off and on for several years now. Below is my booth at Holly Days last year. My friend Alli and I shared a booth and will be doing so again this year, except this year the booth is going to be twice this size and filled to the brim with new one-of-a-kind special handmade pieces. Everything in my and Alli's booth is made by our hands.

Dates and Times: Sat, Dec 6: 9am-5pm and Sun, Dec 7: 11am-4pm
Place: Sanderson High School: 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, NC
Notes: This is a large show with over 150 vendors. Admission is $2 and this $2 goes to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. For Holly Days' website, click here.

So tell me. . do you have any craft shows that you make sure you don't miss? What are your favorite Raleigh (or close to Raleigh) craft shows?  I'd love to add some to my list.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Prayer for the First Week of School

Dear Lord-

Be with my kids this first week of school. Let them know they are not alone, but that you are walking the halls of their school with them. Help them give any anxiety and nervousness to you. Remind them that they can talk to you throughout the day. Help them hear your whispers that you love them, that you have a good plan for their life, and that you care about them and this first week of school. Fill my kids with peace this week.

Lord, help my kids not compare themselves to others. Help my kids to not compromise just so they fit in. . .this week and all the days of this school year, their life. Help my kids to not worry about what others think. . .but only worry about what you think. Please secure my kids' identity in you. Give my kids courage and boldness and freedom to be who you made them to be. And let them not hide that. Remind them that they have a unique purpose. Remind them that they are one-of-a-kind. Give my kids eyes to see themselves as you see them. 

And give my kids eyes to see others as you do. Yes Lord, help my kids get their eyes off themselves and give them a heart for others. Give them a big love and compassion for others. Give my kids courage to seek out those who may not have anyone to sit with at lunch or anyone to play with on the playground. And Lord, if that is them, then help my kids be brave and initiate conversation and ask someone if they can sit with them or if they want to play. May new kids feel welcome and may those who do not feel included feel a part because of my kids. Remind my kids that they can make a difference. That they can make someone's day brighter. Oh Lord, make my kids world changers.  . .starting with their school world.

Lord, on that same note, let my kids be an influence on their generation. Would they be leaders, not followers. And would they lead in a positive way. Help my kids stay attracted to what is pure and holy and what is of you. Give them friends who will help them be strong. Give my kids good friends. Give them at least one friend who knows you and loves you and is not afraid to say and live so. Give them at least one friend who will encourage them to pursue you. Watch over my kids Lord. Direct them, guide them, protect them.

Lord, help my kids learn a lot this year. Help them to do well in school. Help my kids to focus and be organized. Give them a good memory. Help my kids communicate well with their teachers. Give my kids motivation to do well in their classes. Lord, give them a vision for their future and what you have planned for them. And show them how school plays a part in that. Help them to set goals. Let my kids know that they have purpose.  

Thank you for my kids, Lord. Thank you for trusting me to raise them even though I am a mess. Give me your wisdom, discernment, insight, and guidance. Give my your strength and patience. Give me your love. Teach me how to pray for my kids and help me get really good at it. Let me never forget that the most powerful impact I will ever have on my kids is when I am in prayer for them. 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crazy Colorful Owls

We made these crazy colorful owls at our June Craft Camp.  We created the outline of these owls by using one unbroken line for the entire drawing. We kept our sharpies in constant contact with the paper.

This type of flowy, swirly, drawing, where you do not pick up your pen and you overlap your lines is called continuous line drawing. It is harder than you think, but oh so fun!

The end result is that that single continuous line creates all kinds of shapes to be colored! Oh, how  I love some whimsical and colorful art.

These crazy owls took a long time to color. This is what the campers worked on if they arrived a little early or they finished a project before everyone else, or they were waiting for their mom to pick them up. By the end of the week, the owls were complete.

I got this idea from one of my favorite artsy blogs, Whatever.  Over there, Meg even has a video where she teaches you how to draw this owl.  You can so do this with your kids.  

When Jonathan and Daniel came home from their own camp  and saw what the girls had created, they too wanted to make one. That is how fun these are!  I bet even YOU would like to do some coloring.  Put this on your summer bucket list. 

We added googly eyes after all the coloring was done.

Did you know googly eyes come in colors now? Some even have eyelashes?  So fun! I have a whole box full of googly eyes. . all sizes, all colors. The campers always laugh at me because I take such delight in my box of googly eyes. .and I always want to add them to our craft projects.  Check out these yellow eyelash eyes:

And one last picture because it makes me smile. And captures the true essence of Craft Camp. . .which is loving on these girls, having real conversations with them, enjoying the process of making something with our hands, and letting each camper know how valuable and special they are.  Every summer, Anna and I can't believe we get to use art to do that.

PS If you and your kids create your own Crazy and Coloful Owls, I sure would love to see pictures. Again, here is the video that shows you how to draw the outline. You can so do this!
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