The Elves Have Arrived!

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It was late afternoon on Black Friday.  We had had a wonderful holiday the night before filled with family, playing, and even a little “slapping whip cream in the facing”.  As we came back in from an errand, there they were!  Santa’s scout elves had arrived!  But there was something different this year. First of all, there were two elves instead of just one and each came with his very own scarf.  One with a G and one with an R so we can tell them apart.  Gav immediately knew which on was his.  And they also had a note, tell the boys who they were and why they were here.  The note read as such: All story telling aside, I’m so excited about doing kindness elves this year!  I’m really working on getting Gav into the spirit of giving rather than getting this year.  He’s almost five (insert big crocodile mama tears) and he understands a lot more now.  It’s a super hard lesson to teach as a parent, heck, it’s difficult as an adult sometimes but the reward to so amazing.  I want my boys to experience that, the joy you get from seeing the joy in others….

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Somehow I’ve ended up taking a month long brake from blogging.  A MONTH.  And I have to say, it was much needed and accidentally came at the right time.  If we’re going for complete honesty here, I was in the middle of one of those blogger identity crises where I had no idea what I was doing anymore.  I loved blogging but had no idea if anyone was reading my stuff, was my stuff any good, why am I doing this, and so on and so forth.  So I stopped.  I stopped stressing about getting something done just to be able to push the publish button and sat back a decided to refocus. I stopped worrying about applying for campaigns or reaching out to companies to do collaborations because, while it was really awesome to get those things, I didn’t find my voice in it.  I love small shops and of course I love the companies that I applied for sponsored posts for but in all honesty, I’d just rather purchase from them, post about it if I want to and share that way. So why even blog anymore?  Because I want to share my DIYs still, I’d like to…

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1. A sweet little ballerina in my class 2. THIS video 3. Moments this week where my small group study has helped me understand more of the Bible 4. Gav earned his yellow belt at tae kwon do! 5. Fun painting something for my family 6. Fun at Gav’s pre-K fall festival 7. Amazing intensive on leadership at our church 8. Movie in my parents’ neighborhood…fall breeze and free popcorn! 9. Inspiration to start a new type of journaling 10. A great time with high school ministry home group What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments. XO, Kelly

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I keep typing and deleting this post 5 million times.  At first, it was turning out to be a vent session but that’s just not me.  As I typed up all the things on my mind, including the actual pain that is, I’m pretty sure, a cluster headache, I realized how trivial and “first world problem”-y it all was.  Yeah, I have a long to do list, but I’ll get it done.  It’ll all get done.  So instead, I’m sharing a picture of my fun little faux pumpkin piece which is a result of my attempt to actually do things from Pinterest again.  You can check out my Pinterest “bucket list” HERE. Also, pumpkin spice glazed pepitas from Target are amazing.  Run, buy some, and thank me later!  Oh fall, I’m so glad you’re here!  See…positivity. It’s a beautiful thing. Happy Wednesday, y’all!  Keep your heads up, praise the Lord that you’re here, and bust you way through the rest of the week.  In other words…”Wake. Pray. Slay!” XO, Kelly

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1. Ro giggling during freeze dance at Gymboree 2. Playing with snapchat with Gav 3. Making a chalkboard client happy with just my first sketch! 4. Checking things off the to do list 5. A brand new coffee mug 6. Chopping off 4 inches of my hair 7. Gav and Ro “playing” piano together 8. My mom trying to get used to her Apple Watch and the texts that come out of it…hysterical! 9. Watching Gav and hubby swing together in the backyard 10. Open baptism at church…such a beautiful thing! What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments. XO, Kelly

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There are days that I feel totally overwhelmed.  I have a lot on my plate which is mostly self inflicted but regardless some days it has me bonkers.  I have to juggle being a wife, mom, friend, professional, aunt, daughter, cousin, granddaughter, sister just to name a few.  I also juggle being a taxi cab driver, chef, therapist, jungle gym, babysitter (and I don’t mean my kids, this has more to do with work), financial planner, professional shopper, and maid.  If I try to sum up all these roles I would say I’m a BOSS mom.  To successfully get through the day I have to take charge and be the boss.  Otherwise, days would slip away and I think I would get trampled on. Being a BOSS mom means that I have to get up every morning and take the reins.  My husband is gone by the time I get up so the morning routine is all up to me.  I try very hard as a BOSS mom to have a positive outlook on the day and set the tone for the girls.  Also as a BOSS mom I have to be as prepared as possible.  Speaking of the morning…

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I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days.  I’ve gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it.  So sad, such wasted inspiration.  I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped. Then, last week I shared my fall bucket list (see it HERE) and it got me thinking.   Enter the Pinterest bucket list! These are all pins that I have on other boards that are just sitting there.  And you know sometimes certain good intended pins can get lost depending on how long ago you found it.  So I sifted through my boards and started repining them to a new one entitled, you guessed it, “Pinterest Bucket List”.  I ready to dig in and get these projects going! What’s on my list so far? – A weekly clothes sorter for Gav to make getting ready for school easier/quicker – DIY “Poo” pourri (don’t judge me) – A pumpkin vase – Kid activities – Faux fondant – about 101 recipes that I’m dying to try What’s on your Pinterest bucket list? XO, Kelly

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1. Ro’s first Gymboree class 2. One of my students that had been out for months due to a horrible freak medical incident is back in class!  Praise God for her healing! 3. My mom was able to go back to full days at work after her surgery 4. A kind gesture from a dance mom 5. Sharing all the fun pics from Ro’s party 6. A great 1 year check for our big sweet baby 7. Finally, NO MORE FORMULA! 8. My hometown’s annual fall festival (checking that off the fall bucket list) 9. Watching Gav have a blast jumping and making sand art at the festival 10. Ro finally started waving!  He won’t do something new until he’s ready! What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments. XO, Kelly

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Yesterday was the first day of fall and I could not be more excited!  This is my favorite time of year.  The scents, the activities, and, being a Georgia girl, the (eventually) cooler temperatures.  A few months back I created a rotating seasonal bucket list (you can see it HERE) and the time finally arrived to change it for fall. Did we check everything off of our summer list? Build A Sand Castle Picnics Swim As Much As Possible Go To The Aquarium BBQ Almost!  And we technically ate snacks while at the beach so, that’s sort of a picnic, right?  Sadly, there was no BBQing to be had.  We had some time towards the end of the summer but that’s when the weather decided that rain was a good idea.  EVERY DAY!  But we had a wonderful summer filled with swimming and camps. As for fall, I want to do the traditional fall activities.  I always do!  But this year, I have my heart set on apple picking.  I’ve never done it and know it will be fun for the boys. My home town has its annual fall festival this weekend and I’m beside myself.  I can’t wait!  This…

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Finally the day came for the big party!  I made as much as a could for this one and had been planning it since about July.  Ok…ok…to be honest, I knew his theme from about the time he was born.  I’m weird like that.  Anyway, I wanted to have as much for the party that I could and by starting so early, it was definitely more affordable. Luckily, a lumberjack theme is a great one for this time of year because many stores are already setting up for the holiday season.  There was plenty of fall and Christmas decor to inspire me! Perusing Pinterest can be quite daunting sometimes so I pared the menu down to what I knew most people would like and what would be easy to prepare.  Also, with a brunch menu, had to have mimosas and coffee!  After a morning of putting all the food together my house smelled like bacon for a few hours and it was awesome (PS: Baking bacon is the best!)  I definitely bought too many pancakes but at least my boys love them and now they have breakfast until they’re 25. On to the cake/cakes.  Usually, my mom and aunt are…

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