Monday, November 20, 2017

Owning It With Erika!

Happy Thanksgiving Break, y'all!  

Today's post is a little different.  I am sending you away!

My girl, Erika, asked me awhile back if I might want to be her next guest in her Owning It series.

And in the words of Napoleon Dynamite, I told her...

So that's what's going on over on Erika's blog today!  Hop on over here and check out my entire list of crazy and yes, I own it all.  ;)  But before you go...

Sidenote 1:  Since we're owning it, I'm going to confess that my husband and I are big Napoleon Dynamite fans and anytime one of us whips out a line from that movie, we both crack up pretty hard.

Same goes for Monty Python.  We think we're funny.  ;)

I don't really know why I like either of these movies so much.  I don't normally like ridiculous movies like Monty Python.  (Which can only be described as ridiculous.  And hysterical.  But mostly ridiculous.)

Anyway, if you are new here and joining me from Erika's blog, I'm sorry that this is your first impression of life over in my corner of the blogosphere.  ;)  Sometimes I just get to typing and it goes off course.

But let's swing this crazy train back around to where we started.

I'm sure you already know that Erika is a giant sweetheart and I am so thankful to call her my friend.  Over the past couple of years, I have been welcomed into the fold of this amazing group of women and all of these girls just make my heart happy. 

I adore Erika and her sweet family so much.  They are all genuinely GOOD people with huge hearts.  Bowen makes me laugh more than any child I've ever known and Tab is pretty funny too. Ebby Lee and Nixon are awesome kids--smart, spunky and sweet. Watching Nixon with Britt is adorable. And Britt has had me wrapped around her little finger since the minute I saw her.

Sidenote 2:  Another owning it?  I am obsessed with the idea of another baby.  But I don't really want another baby.  (Or do I??)  But there's so much unknown and I'm 36 now which is apparently geriatric status in maternity land.  I just want my boys to be babies again.  Is that really too much to ask for???

They will always be my babies.  :)  Although, carrying them up the stairs to their own beds after they fell asleep in our bed watching the game last night gave us a nice reminder that they are in fact, 7 and 9.  And heavy.  And tall.

To wrap it up, if you are here for the first time, WELCOME!  Please feel free to say hi!  I'd also love for you to join my Facebook group HERE, find me on Bloglovin' and you can also find me on Instagram @amandanall (personal) and @thatinspiredchick (Etsy).

And my Etsy shop is HERE. (whew.)

THANK YOU for stopping by if you're here from Erika's blog!  And if you stopped here first, then go check out my post at A Little Bit of Everything!

If you'd like to get to know me a little better, feel free to poke around my Friday Favorites because they are filled with stuff I love.  (Find them here.) 

I've got a skincare post planned for sometime this week but in case I don't get back here by Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving!!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites #35.

Hey hey hey!  It's Friday!!  We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving!  How is that even possible?  Weren't we JUST trick or treating? 

But oh that Thanksgiving feast.  I can't wait!


I wish I could say I was happy to see Friday but my days will all be about the same until mid-December.  I have been hunkered down in my craft room for 10-12 hours every day this week working on orders and that's probably how it will be until I close up shop sometime in December. 

This isn't always a ton of fun and I may have broken down into stress tears once already but there are also definite perks to working a lot.  One being that I am way ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas movies.  I've got to keep myself entertained somehow!  So far I've watched The Family Stone (all-time favorite), Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey one) and at least a dozen Hallmark movies.

I am feeling all kinds of festive, y'all.  :)

If you are wondering if you can still place an order for Christmas, the answer is YES!  But you definitely need to get your order in sooner rather than later.  The turnaround time is 2-3 weeks at the moment plus transit time.  I have some super cute stuff that make excellent gifts so be sure to check out the shop HERE.  All ordering info can be found in each listing under "Item Details".  Message me with questions!


Like every Friday, I'm linking up with my girls Andrea, Narci and Erika again to share some of my Favorites from the week!

My first favorite goes to this flippin' ADORABLE mug that I found on Etsy!  I am always so happy to support other Etsy sellers so I had to share this.

The shop name is Polymer Gifts Victoria and you can find it HERE.  I don't know Victoria but she posted her mugs in an Etsy sellers FB group I'm in and when I saw this one, it just called to me.  Maybe it was the blonde hair or the green eyes.  Maybe it was because that crossbody bag looks exactly like one I have and I can practically smell the skinny mocha latte coming from that Starbucks cup.  Whatever it is, I knew I needed it.  :)

Victoria is located in Belgium and she will personalize your mug however you want.  It took about 3 weeks to come in so be sure to order now if you want to order for Christmas.

(This was not sponsored by Victoria in any way.  She doesn't know I'm posting about it but I hope she gets some good traffic to her shop from this!  True talent.)

Last night, my friend, Dani, hosted an Elf Survival Prep party at her house.  I'll post more on this next week but the gist of it was for everyone to come up with an idea for some kind of shenanigans your Elf could get up to and then bring the supplies needed to make that happen.  (Snow angels in sprinkles, toilet papering the Christmas tree, funny mustaches on family pictures, etc.) 

At the end of the night, everyone left with a bag full of ideas and the supplies to make each idea happen.  It was such a fun excuse to get together for a little girls' night and I ended up getting to chat with someone I went to college with and haven't seen in 13+ years.  (Hi, Allison!)

This shirt popped up on Amazon while I was doing some browsing the other day and it got me wondering what other cute shirts might be on there.

You can find this one here.  The sizing guide says they fit pretty true to size.  I ordered a medium because I don't want it tight anywhere.  Aren't those sleeves so cute!?

I also loved these...

This one comes in red or green sleeves as well.  So cute!  I'd definitely size up but that's just me. It looks like it may run a little small. Find it HERE.

And for all you mama bears...

Raising my tribe shirt HERE

And can I get an #amen on this next one??

I LIVE in tshirts.  And these super soft ones are just the best.  Plus, it's been warm and humid all week here and that weather just makes me want to be cool and comfortable.   Find this one HERE.  A couple of these are already scheduled to arrive by Saturday.  ;)

My mom asks me what I want for Christmas every year and every year I say I don't know.  So at night, to wind down after painting all day, I window shop for possible Christmas gifts.  I really want a new purse and this Frye Hobo bag is speaking to me.  And it's 50% off!  (Under $200!)

This Born bag is so cute too!  I love the detail and it's less than $100.

This whole website is just the best.  Everything is on major sale and you can find tons of deals on brand name items.  It's where I got my Hunter boots for 50% off and these FAVORITE low-heeled booties as well.   

I recently finished the book The Secrets She Keeps and it was really good!  It definitely had that creepy twist but it was more Lifetime movie creepy instead of The Breakdown or Behind Closed Doors creepy.

One pregnant blogger.  One pregnant psycho who is obsessed with the pregnant blogger.  Their paths cross and a mom's worst nightmare begins.

For those of you who like to know if the ending will wrap up nicely or leave you hanging, I'll just say that all questions are answered and it all makes sense in the end.  Don't you hate those open endings where the author wants you to interpret it however you want?  Nope.  That's not how this works.  I need it to be wrapped up so I can have closure and move on.  #doyourjobauthor ;)

So if you're looking for a new thriller, you might want to check this one out!

So that's the list today, friends!  I'm hoping to be back to my blogging norm soon but right now I've got 138 open orders staring me in the face and the people pleaser in me is scared to death to ship anything even a day later than it should.  (Cue those stress tears...)

But I want to leave you with a fun #icanteven for the week!

I just don't even know where to start.  I love that the furry fuzzy stuff goes all the way down that heel though.  Whoever made this shoe was COMMITTED to this fabric.

What do we think, friends?  Add them to the Christmas Wish List?  Perfect for a holiday party?

#pleasesayno ;)

And before I go...

Remember to check out my Facebook group if you haven't yet!  I've got a new Giveaway coming soon!!!  Just trying to decide what to give away this time.  ;)

Etsy shop HERE

And Instagram @amandanall (personal) and @thatinspiredchick (business).

Last week's Friday Favorites here.

Happy Friday, everyone!!

Linking up with the Five on Friday girls

And High Five for Friday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Preppin'.

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I spent the majority of the past 2 days getting my house decorated for Christmas!  I know there are those of you who are all, "What about Thanksgiving!?".  Trust me, I love Thanksgiving.  But I love Christmas more.  And I'd much rather stare at red, green and twinkly lights for a couple of extra weeks instead of orange and brown.  ;)

I'll do a bigger Christmas decor post once I get my house back in order (glitter everywhere!) and the tree up.  That won't go up until the day after Thanksgiving though since it goes in the dining room and we will need the space on Thanksgiving.  But here are a few pictures from previous years.  :)  I love a big colorful Christmas a tree!

The elf on the ladder is straight out of the '80s and I LOVE it.  We had it climbing our tree as kids and there was just something so special about it.  My mom gave it to me after I got married and I will never part with it, unless it's to hand it down to one of the boys.  

I also love my mantle at Christmas. My Christmas decor style is most definitely not elegant and sophisticated.  It's more Dr. Seuss meets Santa's Workshop.  I am all about fun, whimsy, and color at Christmas.  It's what I remember loving so much from Christmas when I was a kid so I wanted to pass that along to mine as well.  My decor style may change as the kids get older but for now, I like it bright, colorful and festive!

I love that little red truck I got at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago!

When I was putting up the garland on our little balcony overlooking the foyer, I looked over to see this (toy) snake that has been hanging off of these flowers for almost a year now.

Can you see it hanging down at the bottom??

I never go up to that balcony so I never think to go get it although I do notice the snake from time to time.  It actually looks pretty real when you glance up at it!  I have no idea who threw it up there but I have two guesses...  #boymomlife

After I finally finished up, I sat down on the couch to enjoy the view and watch a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel for a few minutes.  Have y'all seen A Song for Christmas yet?  I really liked that one!  It's got the girl from Glee in it (Kitty) and she's adorable.

  I had planned on heading up to my craft room to get started on this week's orders but decided to move my work to the couch instead.  So I sat here for a few hours working on all the designs and organizing everything that needs to be cut for this week.  I have close to 300 items that need to be made and shipped in the next 2 weeks.  #sweatingalittle

(Turnaround time is now 2-3 weeks so if you plan on ordering, don't wait!!  There's a rush fee available as well if you need it.)

  And before I go, I wanted to mention the MandaStrong Foundation 5K and Fun Run! There was a great turnout on Saturday morning.  The weather was crisp but not freezing and my friend, Meagan and I were stationed in such a pretty spot!  We were in charge of cheering on the runners and making sure they made the turnaround. 

I snapped a few pictures at the end when all the runners had come and gone and we were about to pack it up.

It was such a pretty spot but I definitely wouldn't want to be out there alone.  It looked like prime Dateline material, if you know what I mean.

And Meagan's sweet girl was our entertainment.  Isn't she a doll?!

Other than that, I got NO pictures.  But it was a great event and so many of Manda's close friends and family worked really really hard to plan it.  I may have failed miserably at snapping pics but others didn't!  You can see more pictures from the event on the MandaStrong Instagram @mandastrongfoundation.

So that's it for today!  If you need me for the next few weeks, I'll be the highly caffeinated one covered in glitter and paint in the room at the top of the stairs.  ;)

Have a great day, friends!

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