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You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. 👌
This kid stole the show at the holiday band concert tonight! He was sooo brave! He did a solo, playing his ukulele and singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". (Swipe to watch.) And it was so cool to see kids go up to him afterwards and tell him how awesome it was and how good he did. I couldn't be more proud of him! 🎶🎅🎄
What's YOUR favorite Christmas song?
Today was such a long day. But do you know what makes it all worth it?
I finished sewing up 10 blankets today, and this zombie one was one of my faves. I posted 8 of the blankets on Etsy (two of them are for my littles). I'll be taking tomorrow off from "work", but as soon as I can I will be making this exact blanket in an adult size for myself. I don't make much for myself, but I think I've earned it. 😉
If you could gift yourself one thing this holiday season, what would it be?
"Your speed does not matter... forward is forward."
And I'm just plugging along, working away and slaying the day. 💪 Grateful for a new week! What do YOU have going on today?
As most of you know, this week started off as a rough one. (I promise this is the last time I'll mention it.) What I had to deal with was definitely not a win, but it was another learning experience. I learned that success does not come from eliminating our troubles or mistakes, but in growing with and through them. Losses in life are never fun, but there is only one loss that we can not afford to experience... the loss of hope. Hope always has a future. Hope is what keeps me going. And hope is what turns my wounds into wisdom. No one can take that away from me. It is time to move forward with a peace in my heart because I know I am continuing to learn and grow. And that makes me a winner. 💖
I participated in my first sew-along with other sewists this week, and this is the finished product! 😍 I'm super proud of myself! I never would have thought to make a bag like this, so I'm glad I pushed myself to try it. It has 2 pockets inside and 2 outside, and can be reversible! I am hoping to make more of these bags in the future, and am so lucky I have an outlet like this where I can put my creativity to use. (I'm currently working on baby blankets and lovies for the shop!)
What do YOU do to be creative and express yourself?
Over the past couple weeks, I've been working to add new items to my Etsy shop. But I have so much more I want to add. It's crazy to think that Christmas is right around the corner. So I will be working in overdrive to get more in the shop asap. To all you shopping procrastinators, don't worry... there's still time to snag the perfect gift. 😊 Shipping cutoff for First Class Mail will be the 18th. (Link to shop in bio.)
To stay up to date on all the shop goodness, be sure to follow @tinysparkstudio 💜
So tell me... are you done with your holiday shopping or barely getting started (like me)? 🎁
"Maybe it's not suppose to be easy for you. Maybe you're one of the rare few who can handle tough times and still choose to be a loving person. Maybe it's going how it's going because you're built for it."
I've been quiet today because I was still recovering from yesterday and all the emotions that came from it. Without going into detail, I'll just say it was a rough day, but I know everything happens for a reason. Nothing can change my past, but the changes I've made since then DO matter.
I would love to completely put my past behind me, forgetting all the bad. My story is filled with broken pieces, terrible choices and ugly truths. But it's also filled with a major comeback, peace in my soul and grace that saved my life.
A friend of mine told me, "Anyone can navigate the clear path in life... but someone who takes a wrong turn and gets lost, but battles their way back through bumpy roads and over mountains of adversity shows what they are really made of." I am beyond blessed that I had the strength to turn my life around. I am in a very good place today, and THAT is what matters.
To any of you who are in recovery or who are struggling, who have had your past thrown in your face or have been haunted by your own memories, who doubted how far you've come... you are not alone. This, too, shall pass. 💕
6 years ago, an incident occured that led me to be involved in a situation I never thought I'd be in as a mom. Although it was not completely my fault, I do accept responsibility for my part in it. I was in my addiction, drinking and misbehaving a lot and not being the greatest mom. I know that the situation never would've happened had it not been for my drinking because I would've never allowed myself to get so caught up in someone else's drama. And today, I'm so grateful I'm not the same person I used to be.
What's done is done, and today I have an opportunity for redemption, an opportunity for something from my past to not have such a huge hold on me. So if you could send good vibes, positive thoughts and prayers my way today, I'd be super appreciative.
"Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess, just breathe and have faith everything will work out for the best." 💕 Have a lovely Monday, friends!
Today, this kid turned 11. Where does the time go?! He is such an amazing kid and the perfect blend of sweets, smarts and sass (for real, though). He is kind, intelligent, and so cool. He loves his family, animals and having fun. He's got a bright future, and I'm so proud of him. My love for him is beyond measure, and I am beyond grateful to be his mom. So excited to have celebrated him today! Happy 11th Birthday, Daniel! 🎉🎁🎂🎈💙
Hello, December! 👋 Another new month is here and it's going to be a busy one! Hooray for the holidays! 🎄
We're starting the month off with a Lego Robotics competition and a birthday. Then there will be holiday decorating + shopping, family gatherings, a dinner with my Young Living friends, kids' dentist and doctor appointments, and last-minute sewing projects. And I'm super excited that it'll be Wyatt's first Christmas! 👶🎅
Let's make it a December to remember! 💕 What's one thing YOU are most excited for this month?
Friday is here, but I've got a super busy few days ahead! I will be putting my sewing pedal to the metal today in the hopes of finishing 3 orders (and 2 extras for the shop). Tomorrow, it'll be out the door before sunrise for a Lego Robotics tournament, and Sunday we'll be celebrating my son's birthday. Then Monday, it'll be out the door before sunrise again to go to an appointment that is 3 hours away. 😬 I think I'll be needing a constant caffeine I.V. ☕ Adultin' ain't easy!
What are YOUR plans for the weekend?
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I came across this quote last night, and it really made me think. Perhaps you've heard the definition of insanity, which is: doing the same things over and over but expecting different results. With no offense intended, I'm thinking we've got a whole lot of insane people out there. 🤷♀️🤣 But the truth is, things won't change unless something changes. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
I've made a whole lot of incredible changes in my life over the last 5 years, but I still try to continue learning, growing and improving myself. And I don't ever want to stop that.
It may be a little early for New Year's resolutions, but as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "For what it's worth: It's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over." 💕 It's never too late to make chchchchanges. You just have to be open and willing, and be kind to yourself through the process.
It's a great day to give! In honor of Giving Tuesday, I will be donating 20% of all my Etsy sales today to The Mama Bear Effect, an organization that works to prevent the sexual abuse of children. @mamabeareffect (Links to both Etsy shops are in bio.)
Also, today only, if you sign up with a Young Living premium starter kit, I will give back to YOU! You'll receive a free essential oil bag from @tinysparkstudio 😍 (Link to get starter kit in bio.)
"Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference." 💕 Share how YOU will give today!
It's Cyber Monday, and the deals are amazing out there! Since my family and I have started our journey towards clean living, we've been slowly ditching the toxins in our home and switching to safe, clean products. So it was only right to take advantage of Young Living's Cyber Monday sale! Today, select Thieves products, Ninxgia drinks and Savvy makeup is 20% off!
I had to get more laundry, dish + hand soap, and I'm super excited to try the Thieves Mouthwash. (I love that you can dilute their products to make them last super long.) I also ordered more Ninxia Red (an amazing antioxidant and immunity supplement) that is amazing for overall wellness. And, of course, I am in love with the Savvy Minerals Makeup and feel so good knowing what I put on my skin is safe. Today's sale is just 👌.
If you want to make the switch and work toward a non-toxic lifestyle, let me know. I'd love to help you. And if you snag your own starter kit today, you'll get a free gift from me. 😉
Now I need to try to find a birthday present for my son who's turning 11 this weekend. 😬 What other Cyber Monday deals do I need to know about?
I don't think I could be any more thrilled to find out that my new "Sew or Die" tumbler from @rockerbyedestash matches my @keurig perfectly. It's like it was meant to be. 😍
Now I'm looking forward to a new week of sewing and sipping from it! 😊 Oh, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the cool deals tomorrow. Have you heard of any awesome Cyber Monday deals yet?
Happy Small Business Saturday! When you support a small business, you are supporting a dream. Personally, you are giving me the opportunity to stay home with my babies, pursue my passion and help contribute to our family's income. And supporting small business does not just mean purchasing from them. Liking, commenting on and sharing posts is a huge support! And word of mouth can be huge! So thank you for supporting my small businesses.
To see what sales are going on in my world, check out @tinysparkstudio and @theoilyflamingo
In honor of Small Business Saturday, comment below with one of your favorite small shops, and let's spread some small biz love today. 💕
Weston loves getting packages in the mail, especially when they contain oily goodness. And I'm sure he'll be so thrilled when our Black Friday order arrives.
But guess what? It's not too late for YOU to take advantage of Young Living's Black Friday Sale! 4 of their amazing diffusers and 50 of their best-loved oils are 20% off! That's epic! 😍 Plus, I am offering a special gift for free when you get your own stater kit. Message me for more info. (YL Black Friday sale ends at 11:59pm on Saturday.)
What Black Friday deals have you taken advantage of so far today?
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