Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I Must Have Flowers

Good morning girls.  Here we are in what is the hardest time of the year, in my opinion. January and February can be long, cold, and dark.  I'm really missing my flower beds and the sunshine of summer. Are you?  Or maybe you're like me and just look forward to spring...a lot!

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I thought I'd gather together a few floral finds that are catching my eye. Floral patterns are popular again and that's a great thing in my book.  I'm seeing flowers on everything!

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These are all gathered from one corner of the internet to another.  You can click on the numbers underneath to take you to the original sources. #1 above is a free printable. Isn't it pretty?   #3 is from Burpee seeds because Spring will come and it will be time to plant.

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See that rug in #1 above? I really want it for one of the rooms in our new house. 
Dear Husband, Valentine's Day is coming soon. ♥

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There's something about the big flower on the blouse above that I like. It's a good way to ease into Spring but still in deeper colors. The necklace is so pretty but it might be heavy...I don't know. Love Marc Jacobs' Daisy cologne because it's light and just a little bit sweet.

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I have the rain boots in #3 above. They are a Target winner that I'll wear a lot this spring when we go back and forth to our new lot. The purse is cute but I'd never pay that much for it. 

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That Pottery Barn pillow in #1 is so sweet! I love the embroidery and the pattern.  #2 is a beautiful Etsy find. And last but not least, gardenia scents always make me smile.

Have you been noticing florals that you love lately?  They are a terrific addition to neutrals. 
Linking with:
Dagmar's Home Linky Party   Wow Us Wednesday   Wonderful Wednesday  Your Inspired Design
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Snack That is Delicious and Inexpensive


Hey y'all welcome to the very first Ten on the 10th. 


Today I'm joining a few blogging friends to share affordable and fun ideas for life.
Are you trying to eat in a more healthy way this new year? Me too! One too many slices of pie and sides of mashed potatoes have taken their toll on my waistline and energy level.

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So right now this is my go to snack.   Now mind you, this suggestion comes to you from a girl who kind of hates yogurt. To be clear about this, the taste of yogurt reminds me of the taste of throw up. Sorry y'all. 

However, I really wanted to find a yogurt that was yummy because it's good for you so I've been trying different ones.  My go to snack consists of Yoplait Greek 100 Whips and fresh fruit. This yogurt (not a sponsored post) tastes so much better than others to me and the whipped texture makes it seem more like a yummy dessert. For about $1.50 or less  I'm having a snack that's less than 160 calories including the fruit and it's delicious and good for you!

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Here's a hint for you. I cruise the yogurt aisle every time I'm at the store to find containers that might be marked down because they are usually two or three days away from expiring. I bought this for 49 cents. This of course saves me a tiny little bit of money for better things like hairspray or pillows. :)

One more thing to share...  

Yesterday I shared a book review on The Woman in Cabin 10 . I borrowed that book from the library and today I'll be borrowing The Little Paris Bookshop.  We are library loving people at our house.  Even my husband who is visually impaired borrows downloadable books from the 
Texas Talking Books Program. Do you utilize your local library? That's just one little way to save money in the new year. 

Now be sure to visit my blogging buddies to see what ideas they have up their sleeves. :)

At Home with Jemma
Bluesky Kitchen
Cottage at the Crossroads
Garden Up Green
Patina and Paint
Poofing the Pillows
The Purple Hydrangea
The Queen in Between
White Spray Paint
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Ten bloggers sharing money saving tips and creative ideas for living.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Book I Just Finished and New Books to Read in 2017


This was a fun read! I read at night in bed and sometimes it's just one or two pages at a time because well, I fall asleep. I was excited each day to get back to this one though.

The main character, Laura or Lo, meets with trouble from the very first page. Life hasn't been completely smooth for Lo with her anxiety and what seems like excessive drinking. When she has the opportunity to report on an exclusive cruise she's expecting lifestyles of the rich and famous. That is not what she got! This book is filled with mystery, murder, and a touch of romance
and a strained relationship.

Lo's thoughts and actions made me super uncomfortable throughout the book . I guess that means the author did her job. Let's just say that Lo isn't the kind of girl I'd be friends with probably...

You read it and tell me what you think. I did enjoy this one and can't wait to discuss it with my book club friends soon. :)

What is on your reading list for 2017? I want to read much more this year so my Pinterest list is filling up. Next, I think The Shack is in order before seeing the movie.

Then a few more to come -
The Little Paris Bookshop because Ricki Jill Treleaven loved it.
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg is definitely on my list because I love all of her books.
All the Light We Cannot See pops up on every reading list so it must be great!

What's on your list friend? Do tell.
Linking with: 
The Scoop   Inspiration Monday   Totally Terrific Tuesday  Make It Pretty Monday  
Dagmar's Home Link Party   Dream*Create*Inspire   Your Inspired Design
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Friday, January 6, 2017

I Know You Love Home Tours!

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Remember a week or so ago when I shared the top posts for 2016? 
Well to be completely honest, the tip-top posts are the home tours that are featured monthly. 
Let's do a quick recap in case you missed some. I'm going to shake up the order. :)

Rhonda at Ramblings of a Southern Girl has one of the prettiest porches to welcome friends and family. She welcomed us to tour her home and it was gorgeous! Rhonda is always crafting and decorating. I love to see what she does.

In September, Coco of The Crowned Goat allowed me to share her home. Coco is one of the sweetest bloggers! Her whole family is involved in the DIY antics at her house.

You girls loved @ourcraftsmancottage! How could you not love it? This is a DIY haven filled with beautiful details. Thanks to Sonja for sharing and be sure to find her on Instagram.

And can we all just take a moment to sigh about this red door and green lawn? 
Suzanne at Daffodil Hill has a wonderful, traditional home that makes me swoon!

We were reminded that "more is not always better" at Camellia Cottage. 
Melanie's beautiful photography is such a treat. 

Lidy's French Garden House is one I return to again and again. You do too! 
We all love the beautiful French country touches that are so perfect in her California cottage.

Farmhouse decor is all the craze but Cathy's home at Cobblestone Farms is the real thing. I've been blog friends with Cathy for a long time and watching her grow things and 
build this farmhouse has been so inspiring.

Carol's whole entire house is amazing but the kitchen is where it's at because she's a real chef. If you want delicious but friendly recipes, furniture painting ideas, and more visit her at Bluesky Kitchen. 

You can't help but be drawn to Janine's light and bright home at the Happy Happy Nester. 
When you visit her blog you'll be treated to sunshine, beauty, and a positive attitude.

The very first First Friday Home Tour featured House by Holly.
Holly calls herself an "upcycling warrior". I love that!

I'm so glad you like home tours as much as I do. We will begin with a fresh line up in February. 
I have big plans for this year! :)

Hey readers....if you don't have a blog but would like to be considered, just shoot me an email. stacey@poofingthepillows.com


One more thing...
Be sure and join me here on the 10th where I'll be joining with some friends to share new ideas all under $10!

Linking with:
Home Sweet Home   Home Matters   Share Your Cup   Saturday Sparks   Sundays at Home
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dare!

Hi friends!
Happy New Year! Have you made resolutions or goals for the New Year?
I've given this lots of thought and this year my word is DARE.
Why? 
Well, I've realized I'm getting a little too comfortable in this world.  When was the last time I really stretched out there and did something new?
When was the last time you did?
At 53, I'm feeling like we need to shake things up a little.
Want to join me?
I dare ya!
Now I'm not talking about jumping out of airplanes or anything like that. Even at 20 I didn't want to do that. But how about looking at your goals this way...dare to do them! 
Dare to lose the 5 lbs. or dare to eat well!
Dare to learn a new language or a new hobby!
Dare to walk 10,000 steps per day!
I like thinking of my goals this way. :)
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