Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Having a sleepover with a couple of little sweethearts tonight, needed afternoon coffee so I'd be up for it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Optimism

Its always preferred.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rescheduled

Had to reschedule yesterday's visit to today. Not a problem. Feeling blessed, accomplished and happy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Keep Calm

. . . the COFFEE is on!

I can not even express how excited I am to be starting a new little venture. I have a new friend coming over today to teach and inspire me for a few hours today. I have a positive feeling about it and since I'm up writing my blog, designing my COFFEE Quote and uploading it all at 3:05 in the morning, I'm going to need my morning coffee to get me up and running at full speed!
I'll be keeping you informed!

Friday, July 17, 2015

None

No words.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

So much for the daily coffee post...

This morning I had to get up earlier than usual, rushing out and off to Lafayette for Kali's UCA Cheerleader Camp to watch the exhibition and see the awards. Did not get to make my coffee quote, did not drink my cup of coffee and forgot to post a coffee quote until tonight! See what an unproductive thing it is to go without your wake me up coffee!?



 Kali and her cheer group did an excellent job, the came away with top honors, overall in one category and superior in two other categories. See how much I know about all that cheer business. The bottom line, they had a great week, learned a lot to improve their skills, earned recognition from the organization who put the camp on and they got to know one another better, forming new friendships and deepening older ones. CHS Junior High Cheer Squad


 UCA Cheer Awards
 Kali with the Awards
 Kali and her cheer coach Mrs. Ashley


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yawn.

Every once in a while I get caught up in a new hobby (read obsession) here and spend a lot of time studying it, learning more about it, watching tutorials about it online, etc. and I stay up a wee bit too late for my own good. Today is one of those days, I'm trying to recover and I needed my Community Coffee badly. After I had that first and only cup of the day things improved immensely.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Creating and Sleeping

One of these negates the other, I often find myself up way too late letting the creative juices flow. Night time seems to bring out the best in me when designing, planning and working. The lack of sleep requires a lil bit of coffee to offset the sleeplessness, which is perfectly fine with me since I love it so.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday... Monday....

Some days... are Mondays and those days require a lot of coffee. Today I forgot to post my blog entry and coffee quote until a friend on FaceBook was showing photos of her beautiful coffee stained concrete at her home. I found a solution to my staining dilemma and remembered that I didn't post my coffee quote. Absent minded doesn't even cover it some Mondays. Hope yours was more productive! Coffee hugs!

Friday, July 10, 2015

First we Plan

I have heard that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I don't know about anyone else, but for me that's really true. Time has a way of slipping away when we're engrossed in activities that we love that make us less than our most productive selves. That being said, I have been purchasing Erin Condren planners for a few years. I fell in love with the beauty of them, the ability to personalize my covers with photos of my sweet heart of a husband and myself and began a journey of organizing my life in a more productive way. We don't have to have a formal 'job' out of the home to utilize a planner to be effective at directing our lives, so I started out with an online purchase and a new hobby began. So as creative people are guided by their passions, I decided to merge a few of my hobbies. Planning, scrapbooking, to be more specific digital scrapbooking and making stickers for my planner. These stickers represent beautiful and appealing images and function for reminding me of the 'plans' I have to be successful at everything that I commit to in life. 

So, I used a sweet new kit "World Traveler" by Shabby Miss Jenn Designs to create my first ever Planner Kit. The colors were divine and the items she created really went well with my 'planner' style and lifestyle. Below is an image I created and cut with my daughter's Silhouette Cameo, I can see myself buying one of these for my home office very soon! 







I have found the process of planning very relaxing. I have a little motto, YOU make your life as beautiful as you want it to be. I choose to make mine lovely and yes beautiful. I'm fortunate to have a sweet husband who lets me plan our weekends in New Orleans, where I adore trying new restaurants, visiting museums, antique shopping and going to festivals, concerts and sporting events. Often times we just hang out, visit and have drinks with cousins who have a home there and friends we have met and made through them. I try to fit in a few new experiences and a lot of relaxation when we're there to make the most of our time in the city without wearing us out. This is the theme of the plan on this particular week. If you have questions about planning, stickers or the Erin Condren planner and how I use it, please comment below and I'll answer your questions.

Good friends...

I spent a few hours this morning visiting with a dear and sweet friend, we first met when we worked in Broussard for LOR in our early twenties. She and I really bonded, had so much in common and came from very similar backgrounds, graduated from high school the same year and had young growing families. Then the oilfield crash of the early 1980s hit and our company cut back and we found ourselves looking for new jobs.

Over the years there have been long spans of time when she lived away or was in school, and for a lack of a better reason, we were both just too busy to get together, as it often is when raising children, working and trying to do it all. I treasure her dearly and we're lifetime friends, this I know. I love her like a sister and we pick up where ever in life we happen to be, we get caught up on the happenings in our lives, reminisce about old times and share the struggles we face at this stage of our lives as our family dynamics change, and grow and we have to learn a few new skills to mange them all. She is great at seeing situations, accessing them and offering good advice. It always feels as though its only been days, not months since we have shared time together, but its always a good time and I treasure her sweet heart.

I have lived a blessed life, but my greatest pleasure and treasure are the special people who allow me to love them and love me in return.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Long night ...

... and I'm feeling like I need a lot of coffee today. I have a decluttering job that needs to be done today and I stayed up all night (well until the sun came up, then I napped until 9:00 am) and today's quote seems so appropriate! I will accomplish my mission, decluttering feels awesome and I'm so much more productive in a tidy and pared down space! Look out DIY projects, here I come!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sunshine and Smiles

Spending this sunshiny day with my girl Kali, oh what fun we will have! Have a very happy day!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Life Human


We had a fun filled weekend in New Orleans with amazing friends, food, fireworks and family. Back to reality on Monday and I forgot to upload my coffee quote! Dave even noticed a COFFFEE license plate, they were from NOLA, someone who shares the obsession! Hope y'all are having an amazing day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Old School Energy Drink!

Loved this quote the first time I saw it, still makes me giggle. I get jittery with any sort of energy drink, but not with my faithful cup of coffee!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Depresso?

When I was a little girl, up until I was a big girl, I always made coffee at my parents home for them and their friends. We would make pots and pots and pots of it to serve in mismatched cups with sugar and powdered cream. At the time I wasn't too happy about that chore, but I'd see my Mama and Daddy enjoying it with their friends, laughing, telling stories, talking about old times, good times and simply enjoying being together. I did not 'get it' until I was a 'grown up' myself. Though most days I drink mine in solitude. Either while reading, checking out Pinterest or catching up on the happenings in my family and friend's lives on Facebook. Oh how times have changed. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd enjoy making coffee, although today I'm making it one cup at a time with my Keurig coffee maker instead of the old fashioned drip pot that my Mama and Daddy still use to this day.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Coffee

I'm a coffee lover and just can't get my day started without it. I didn't enjoy drinking coffee until about three years ago. I still don't drink "real" big girl coffee. I love a good latte, coffee milk as it were. Sugar free french vanilla and a touch of evaporated milk (0%) is my favorite. I like it sweet, really sweet. Yum!

Friday, December 26, 2014

For the Love of Orange Juice

Our whole family loves freshly squeezed orange juice, we have several trees in our yard just drooping with the delicious fruit, so today Pop, Alex and Eli went out and picked the fruit hanging closest to the ground.

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They filled up a five gallon bucket, brought them inside, Pop sharpened a knife and Lolli cut the oranges in half while the twins started juicing. We have a Black and Decker Handy Juicer and it does a very good job of juicing.

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You can find it here on Walmart.com:  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Black-Decker-Handy-Juicer/14913107

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Alex and Eli took turns squeezing out the delicious orange juice and we poured it into gallon sized pitchers to store in our refrigerator.

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They are taking on the same job as my Daddy, Papaw Donald by picking and squeezing orange juice to share with our family. They juiced enough for their house, our house and for Aunts Krista and Alexa’s houses too.

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So delicious and full of good stuff! Thanks to Alex and Eli we have yummy juice this week, next week we’ll have to pick more oranges and repeat the process!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Game Days

Over the past few months Dave and I have enjoyed our Saints and Pelican games in New Orleans.

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Pelicans Game

Saints Game

The last photo is our seat mates at the Superdome for the Saints Games, Dave and Peggy, he’s got one cool hat on don’t you think!?