Things I Love Thursday – Honor & So Funny!

Hello! First, it is Friday the 13th and I am writing about Thursday. Yes, my universe, or at least my week, got a little mixed up. I feel it is the 13th’s fault…I may be wrong but it seems to be a good reason. 😃

So, it is time to join in The Nerdy Fox and Kimi Who‘s weekly link up: ‘Things I Love Thursday’ (even a day late 😉 ).
Things I Love Thursdays hosted by TherNerdyFox.com and KimiWho.comRemember, everyone is welcome to join in this amazing link up party! I would love to see your ‘Things I Love Thursday’ posts! 😀

First, Honor. This week featured a day that is very important: Veteran’s Day. This is a day in history to show honor, respect and ‘Thanks’ to all those who served in the United State’s military. While we should show them those things every single day, this day 11/11/15, is set apart to national show our appreciation. I love how my daughter’s school honored local heroes with a breakfast and an assembly. It made my daughter’s day to shake hands and tell each guest veteran, “Thank you.” We saw a commercial for the green outside lights to remind our neighboring vets that they were not forgotten. Our porch was lite up green, brightly.

12219473_10205150122133070_5518421227159282801_nI am so thankful for each man and women who have fought, are fighting, or will choose to fight for my great country, United States.

NOW, onto FUNNY! 😃 This clip was on my friend’s Facebook wall and I laughed so hard there were tears running down my cheeks, my sides ached, and I was gasping for air.

Oh my goodness gravy! I can watch that so many times in a row and laugh each time! I am so guilty of this!! I love the statement – “There can be NO SIGN of living in this house!” hahahahaha Love it! 😂

And I am totally excited for my sister animal’s NEW movie: Finding Dory! Eeep! Ellen just released a teaser, official trailer, and I cannot wait!

*hops up and down in front of computer* Is it not the most exciting things ever!?! Gosh, will she remember? Will she find her lost family? I seriously cannot wait! Can I preorder my movie ticket yet?? 😉

Okay, so did you know I love foxes? That is why I adore The Nerdy Fox blog so much! She write amazingly but have you seen her logo!?! So cute! I was scrolling through Etsy and Storenvy (my two favorite places to shop handmade things) and found these darling fox creations!

This darling Fox planner clip is so cute! It will help you keep your place with in your weekly planner and make you smile at the same time. It would cheer up my Friday the 13th for sure! 😊 It is made by a darling shop: Goddiss, INC, and the shop is filled with darling planning helpers.

I love this super soft, cuddly, doll dressed as a fox! Super cute! Soft Toy World has creations that are so cute and safe for children of all ages! There are a few toys in her shop that I have on my wish list!

I love these “Thank you” tags by Adore By Nat! She creates so many beautiful party decorations for kids! I love the stickers I ordered for Easter this year and plan on ordering decorations for my kids next birthday parties.

I am so impressed with this mug! Fox and Clover Boutique is filled with quirky cuteness! I so totally added things to my wishlist!

There you have it folks! A touch of honor & funny, with foxes thrown in for cuteness. 😃 What have you loved this past week? I would love to know! Share links, topics, and loves in the comments!

♥ Kelly

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Things I Love Thursday – Honor & So Funny!

Hello! First, it is Friday the 13th and I am writing about Thursday. Yes, my universe, or at least my week, got a little mixed up. I feel it is the 13th’s fault…I may be wrong but it seems to be a good reason. 😃

It is that time again for me to join in The Nerdy Fox and Kimi Who‘s weekly link up: ‘Things I Love Thursday’ (even a day late 😉 ).
Things I Love Thursdays hosted by TherNerdyFox.com and KimiWho.comRemember, everyone is welcome to join in this amazing link up party! I would love to see your ‘Things I Love Thursday’ posts! 😀

First, Honor. This week featured a day that is very important: Veteran’s Day. This is a day in history to show honor, respect and ‘Thanks’ to all those who served in the United State’s military. While we should show them those things every single day, this day 11/11/15, is set apart to national show our appreciation. I love how my daughter’s school honored local heroes with a breakfast and an assembly. It made my daughter’s day to shake hands and tell each guest veteran, “Thank you.” We saw a commercial for the green outside lights to remind our neighboring vets that they were not forgotten. Our porch was lite up green, brightly.

12219473_10205150122133070_5518421227159282801_nI am so thankful for each man and women who have fought, are fighting, or will choose to fight for my great country, United States.

NOW, onto FUNNY! 😃 This clip was on my friend’s Facebook wall and I laughed so hard there were tears running down my cheeks, my sides ached, and I was gasping for air.

Oh my goodness gravy! I can watch that so many times in a row and laugh each time! I am so guilty of this!! I love the statement – “There can be NO SIGN of living in this house!” hahahahaha Love it! 😂

And I am totally excited for my sister animal’s NEW movie: Finding Dory! Eeep! Ellen just released a teaser, official trailer, and I cannot wait!

*hops up and down in front of computer* Is it not the most exciting things ever!?! Gosh, will she remember? Will she find her lost family? I seriously cannot wait! Can I preorder my movie ticket yet?? 😉

Okay, so did you know I love foxes? That is why I adore The Nerdy Fox blog so much! She write amazingly but have you seen her logo!?! So cute! I was scrolling through Etsy and Storenvy (my two favorite places to shop handmade things) and found these darling fox creations!

This darling Fox planner clip is so cute! It will help you keep your place with in your weekly planner and make you smile at the same time. It would cheer up my Friday the 13th for sure! 😊 It is made by a darling shop: Goddiss, INC, and the shop is filled with darling planning helpers.

I love this super soft, cuddly, doll dressed as a fox! Super cute! Soft Toy World has creations that are so cute and safe for children of all ages! There are a few toys in her shop that I have on my wish list!

I love these “Thank you” tags by Adore By Nat! She creates so many beautiful party decorations for kids! I love the stickers I ordered for Easter this year and plan on ordering decorations for my kids next birthday parties.

I am so impressed with this mug! Fox and Clover Boutique is filled with quirky cuteness! I so totally added things to my wishlist!

There you have it folks! A touch of honor & funny, with foxes thrown in for cuteness. 😃 What have you loved this past week? I would love to know! Share links, topics, and loves in the comments!

♥ Kelly

3 Tips – Keep Your Time On the Internet Balanced

We live in an age of technology. Instant communication. Instant knowledge. And instant gratification. We head to our devices(phones, computers, tablets) and click on the net browser. Here are a few tips I like to use to balance my time.

Suddenly, it has been an hour on the internet. Slowly it turns into 2 or 3 hours. And what have we done? Googled. Checked Facebook. Played a Facebook game or two(some of those games take a ton of time!). Google something else. Type up a blog post. Scroll Pinterest. Update our Tumblr. Finally, get to our email(s). Suddenly, we have accomplished so much on the computer, we do not realize what we missed.

Kids playing hide n’ seek, coloring, learning. Our spouse leaving for work. The sun shinning outside. Household chores. Time…once used…you cannot get it back. And we are missing out on the important stuff…but when kept in-check. The computer is not the evil it can/could be. Here are my 5 tips to maintaining an online presence, without being glued to your devices.

Tip 1: Set a kitchen timer.

Kitchen-TimerI know this has helped me watch how long I am at the computer. Setting a kitchen timer, or any timer really, helps one hear the time tick away. My kitchen timer has a loud tick and very loud bell. I know when my time is up. I do not set the timer next to me while I am on the computer, but on the counter in the kitchen which is next to where my computer is. That means I have to get up to turn off my timer. It helps me to see the clock and to use my time wisely while on the computer.

Tip 2: Write or Keep a task list

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Physically, write down a list of internet tasks or goals that you wish to accomplish. There are some awesome apps, plug-ins, and sites that help out in this area. ( Life Hacker has a great post on the top 5 List Managers.) Technology is awesome but I love writing down lists. I love seeing the words come off my pen/pencil. It gives me great satisfaction to cross of the things I have completed. I know, I know, it is so ‘old school’. My brain remembers better when I write things down.

Tip 3: Schedule out Your Computer tasks

plannerI use a planner. I can plan out my month, weeks, and days. I write down everything in this planner: kids things, sewing schedule, blogging ideas, and things that need to be done(even things I hope to get done 😉 like chores). There are options on the internet to help you schedule, like Google Calendar or Co-Schedule. But I am ‘old school’. I like to see it written down and to cross off what I have been able to do. 😀

So as you are gearing up to hop through Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of blogs, put a few of these tips to use. Do you have a few tricks or tips to share? I would love to know more! Tell me in a comment!

♥ Kelly

 

Handmade Mania Weekly Link-Up week 6 Fun!

HandmadeManiaBannerWelcome to Handmade Mania! Are you NEW to this link up? What is this post you ask? This is a weekly link up for handmade products within your online shop to help them be seen by a whole new group of people! By you linking up and sharing others, others share your products on their social medias, putting you in front of new group of people. And by doing so, you are building upon your crafty network foundation to create a whole place of exposure with minimal effort. Please, make sure to share this link up with another amazing handmadelove indie shop! Then we all will meet someone new.
Last week’s link up had 39 links, 90 clicks, and 69 views! WOW! We’ll keep helping it grow. Thank you all so much for joining and sharing. You all make this link up work and grow.☺

week6bCrochet Puppy by The Craft Penguin

Carved Boned Dragonfly Pendent Necklace by Shadow Dog Designs

Zombie Arm Necklace by Wilde Desgins

week6bpkPumpkin Spice Bath Truffles by Shabby Chic Soap Co

Stained Glass Quilt Square Log Cabin by 2 Glass Thumbs

Owl Fly Pewter Expandable Double Bangle by The Rogue Phoenix

I love all the featured shops! I am so excited to see new shops joining in and love featuring their amazing handmade products. Make sure to visit the featured shops,(I made it easy just click their shop name under the photo) there are some amazing things within their shop walls! I hope to see more new indie shops join in the fun. Now onto a fresh week!

What can you link up? If you make it with your own hands, you may add it, including designed items. Please, do not link to your Facebook page or Blog posts(they will be deleted or edited). All other platforms excepted.

Here are the RULES (as nothing works right without a few good rules).

You can link up to THREE individual products from your shop below for some networking/sharing fun! Select THREE products from the collection to SHARE via social media using the tag #handmadelove & tag the shop your sharing for, too!

I’d love to know what you shared! Let me know in a comment what THREE products you shared and where. I will do my best to respond timely. Thank you! ☺

By doing this, you’ll be able to share EPIC handmade goodness and build your handmade network! Please, share this link up with someone else this week. The more people we have join in, the more our items will be shared and seen! You sharing this link up, helps it to grow even more! I am super excited to share some EPIC Handmade Goodness this week!! Make sure to use the #handmadelove, so I can find and share what you share easily. Thank you.  ☺

How to link up:
Click on the cute little Froggy button
Box 1: add the URL to your Individual product hit tab
Box 2: will add product details – edit those as you wish
Box 3: put in your email address(not seen by anyone but me)
then select a thumbnail photo and hit DONE! ☺
Share it if you wish too! They make it very easy with buttons for the main sharing platforms.

Your item now has 6 chances of being featured this up coming week! Make sure to link up, share, and share the link up with someone else! The more we share this link up, the more people are viewing our shops, and the more potential of turning a browser into a buyer. I am so excited to see what #handmadelove links you post! ☺

Head ‘Buzz’ Escalates to a Roar, The Surprising Thing that Helps

Did you know head injuries take time to heal? Not a short few months, but years?

coffeeIt has been eleven years and the ‘buzz’ noise is ever present. It is not really known what causes the internal sound, but it is a real thing. I have shared about my car accident before in this post, and generally stick to talking about the head trauma, not all of the other injuries(there were many). The head is so important to everything your body does. The brain is the mightiest muscle you have in your body. I work on it everyday.

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clip art found at http://clipgid.com/cute-brain-clipart.html

I honestly fought to heal, re-learn, and grow past what the doctors told my parents. “Three year old mentality for rest of her life.” Pish-posh! I am at least a teenager mentality now! 😉 hee hee Nah, I deal with life as a wife and a mother daily. I am dealing with life within a mentality of late 20’s early 30’s(which my birth age is in there 😉 ).

Well, back to the buzzing sound…

It has levels. Airy, hum, soft, nagging, whining, screeching, piercing, all building up to over the top loud, like a NFL football stadium filled with screaming fans who’s team just won the Superbowl. It is hard to share with people around me about the buzz. The few times I have, I get the response, “I have had that before.” (No, no you have not unless you too had head trauma) or my favorite “Just take some pain meds. It will stop.” It never stops, even in sleep, I hear/feel the buzz sound. Each day starts out with the buzz at a different level, based on how I slept. And based on how a I slept is how much information my brain erased. It is unique each morning to have information you knew yesterday not there anymore. I will write on that topic another day. (I wrote a note in hopes to not forget. 😉 )

Okay, back to levels of my buzz. It changes through out the day as I have information come at me. The more overwhelmed I feel, the louder the buzz. And until recently, nothing helped. Or at least I didn’t realize what was helping. Surprisingly, coffee helps tone the buzz sound down. ☕️ I didn’t realize that sub-conscientiously I went for a cup of coffee whenever the internal noise level grew louder until a few days ago. I love coffee. It’s taste is so rich and vibrant on the tongue. 😀 And now, I realize why it is my ‘go to’ drink when I am in overwhelming situations.

CaptureI was lucky enough to snag a nap this afternoon, which helped today’s buzzy sound slightly, but I went for a cup of coffee as soon as I hit the kitchen. So, I finish off this post, I sip on my coffee, hoping the buzzy sound stays low as I finish off the day(and it truly does not matter that it is almost 5 pm – I will still sleep tonight). Getting the kids rounded up for bed is always a stress-er. 😉 I am glad that I have found a tool to help with one of the remaining side effects of my head trauma.

Do you get a buzzy sound when you have an overwhelming day? What is your ‘go to’ help? Food? Drink? A nap? I would love to know about it! Share it in a comment. ☺

♥Kelly

Things I Love Thursday – Handmade Shop & Great Products

Who-buddy! We made it to one of my favorite(really all but Mondays are my favorites) days of the week – Thursday! Wanna know why it is one of my favorite days? 😉 It means I can share my favorite things with you all for the “Things I Love Thursday” Link up!
Things I Love Thursdays hosted by TherNerdyFox.com and KimiWho.com
It is co-hosted by The Nerdy Fox and Kimi Who, and they rock at it! It has been an exciting challenge to stretch my blogging writing skills. Are you enjoying reading it as much as I am writing it? I also enjoy reading the other blogs and what they love each Thursday. If you host a blog, you are welcome to join in, too! Just click the image above! 🙂

Follow Heather: Blog | Facebook | Shop | Twitter | Pinterest

Follow Kimi: Blog | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest |

betterhandmadeI am a huge fan of handmade goods! While I make my own huggable, super soft, cuddly sock animals, I love finding and supporting other creative artisans like me.  I have to share a favorite shop and a sprinkle of my most loved handmade products from other EPIC artisans!

I love, love, love to shop at Violet’s Buds! Melanie hand makes hair bows, headbands, and embroiders hoop art for home decoration. She truly makes quality items for girls of all ages.

Follow Melanie:

Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

I am a huge fan of Star Wars and love these notebooks by Wilde Designs! Each one makes my heart soar through space!

As this button says, ‘Makers Gotta Make‘ is my life motto! I have this button as a magnet from Little House of Crafting. It makes my maker heart happy when I see it on my stove exhaust hood while cooking for my family.

One day I will be able to purchase this amazing handmade handled seam ripper necklace by Mystic Eye Creations. It is so dreamy! I have ordered an antler razor and a custom wood pen as gifts for my husband and my Dad. They were gorgeously made and very high quality!

I love Autumn and am so excited to find these field cards, full of Autumn knowledge by Pinecone Grove! They are handmade and kid friendly, each card is full of facts!

So, I know it is not much but these are my recent ‘Things I Love Thursday’ fun! I hope you see something that you love too! I would love to know what handmade item you love! Share a comment with me! ☺

♥ Kelly