Monday, May 12, 2014


Sorry about the weekend posts. We were a lot busier than anticipated and with my brother down, I wanted to spend time with him as much as I could so I missed the second Saturday Special in a row and the Sunday Social. :( I know I could do them now but to me, it's just not the same if I don't do it on the correct day like everyone else! lol. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Faves, Funnies and Fotos!

Hello again if you are reading this :)
Did you see I kicked my Friday Posts up a notch? I added in funnies because I am wild and crazy like that! Who doesn't love a few giggles on Friday?

I am beyond happy that it's Friday!
Since the title of this post, I have said "Friday" 5 times now...F.....orgive me! lol!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

This is a fun weekly link-up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty!

Do you like beans? (the dried bean variety) What do you like them in?

No way, Jose! The only way I can tolerate beans is a little bit of refried beans at a Mexican restaurant!

Does your house have enough storage?

Yes and No. lol. Inside there is plenty of storage, I just need to get some shelves together and get some closest space maximized. But, I say no because we don't have a garage yet so my husband's stuff doesn't have enough storage spots. =(

Do you have any childhood memories of a store?

Yes! I remember a long time ago, I was at my grandmother's house and she said we were going to a store and I remember we pulled up at Bacon's (you know, the chain that is long gone) and I remember laughing a lot because the name was Bacon's!!! 

Do you ever shop at a farmers market?

Yes! We have one a mile down the road from our house and it's the most popular one in the area and man the veggies and fruit tastes sooo good!

Do you still have your wisdom teeth?Are you wise? :) :) :)

Yes I still have mine! I like to think I am wise! Haha!!

Lisa's Tree is One!

I can't believe it's been 1 whole year since the idea for this slice of internet cake came into my mind! Granted I did take a break for a while, it's understandable because this year has been one of the most eventful years of my life thus far. So many good and bad things have happened. I am just so thankful for this blog and what it is becoming for me as well as the blessing of being able to run it and all that that entails. This is a creative outlet to me and a way to document everything I want, down to the smallest things and when my kids grow up, they will have this website to scroll through and enjoy! I am in no way trying to keep up with all the "Big Bloggers" and may God bless them because anyone who says running a major blog is easy, clearly has NO idea. There is so much involved and I don't want a blog that will stress me out. I want a place to share things and meet new people I would have otherwise never known and chat with old friends and new friends too. So if you are reading this, I am thankful for you and for whatever relationship we have and I want you to grab a shady spot, take a piece of birthday cake in the form of a post you haven't read yet, and please remember that you can leave a comment and we can always chat! 

                         ┌iiiii┐                                                              Happy Birthday!!Happy Birthday

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Mother Edition!

Linking up with Joyce again! I look forward to this each week!

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.

Her kindness! I got my big heart from her!

2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention." When did this last play out in your own experience?

Monday when I decided I was going to "make" some small curtains for our sunroom windows until we could get the ones we are going to use. Yeah...that "invention" didn't turn out right. I sure DID NOT inherit my mothers sewing abilities, sadly. I am not even going to show a picture of the mess that turned out! LOL!!

3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.

Playing hide and seek in my grandmother's house with my cousins. She died when I was 10 (1994) but I remember that house well enough that I could recreate it exactly. That house will always have a special place in my heart!

4. When did you last 'hit the mother lode'? What was it?

I would have to say it was when I met my husband and my children and I were accepted into one of the most loving families I have ever seen. I will forever be thankful of them all!

5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you're all grown up?

She used to make a baked pork chop dish with cubed potatoes at the bottom and cream of mushroom soup/sauce all over it. When it was done the potatoes and pork chops would be sooo tender and had absorbed the sauces and its so delicious! I do make it now and everyone except my husband likes it because he is extremely picky and doesn't like mushrooms. I don't like them either but you can't taste them in this dish, just the creamy goodness from the soup!

6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children's game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?

I am thinking it would have been that same game! I remember playing that alot!!

7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?

Oh there are so many that are close to my heart. I think of Roseanne, Jill Taylor (Home Improvement), Becky (Full House)...That's all I can think of right off the top of my head but I feel like I'm forgetting some...

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am excited for Mother's Day and another get together with the family! It's always a good time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday 9 Link Up!

I just recently found out about the Saturday 9 and just like some of the other link-ups I do, it's right up my alley!

This weeks theme is:

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Faves and Fotos!

I can't resist a good rundown of this on Friday. I admit I sing it at least once a Friday!
It's so bad, it's hilarious!

Yay for Friday! Especially when my hubby doesn't have to work Saturday!

Wednesday marked the 10 year anniversary of Mean Girls so I am starting to get the feeling that I am getting old, LOL! (I'm 29)

This is pretty accurate! I am sure Pitch Perfect could maybe make the cut for the 10's
                                    decades of mean girls. I watched "Heathers" yesterday and it is still hilarious.. and the 90's one should've been "Jawbreaker"...
                                                     via Pinterest

Oh and we can't forget about this awesome time that comes once a year! I love it!

                                       HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAA. can't believe how fast senior year has gone, and this just makes my night, hahahahahha.
                                                         via Pinterest

I love the blog Finding Joy blog. She writes some amazing Dear Mom Letters that help rest the hearts of all moms, letting us know we are all in this together and we are not doing it wrong. Her most recent post 24 Awesome Things Moms Do hits the nail right on the head and I agree with each one! Please go check her out! 

I have been participating in a monthly instagram photo challenge and it's really fun! It sparks your creativity as you try to find unique ways to photograph the phrase of the day! Here is the link! You should join in!
Here are the prompts:


Here is what I have so far. I will recap them each Friday!



Pictures of the week!

My husband loves turtles and I love owls. I was at a local store a while back and found these two "Lucky Charms" as they are called. Each came with a tiny little card saying how you carry them in your pocket and they bring you good luck. I just have them sitting on my shelf though and they are so adorable and special!

The hubs wasn't feeling too well the other day and wanted to lay on the loveseat and just watch movies and Lily decided to join him. They watched Hercules together! Yes, it was adorable. 

We have to go to the end of the road to pick up the big girls from the bus stop and once we got down there, we were a little early so I let Lily get out of her car seat and sit up front and she thought it was the funnest thing ever while sitting there waiting!

I walked out of the bathroom the other day and looked up and this is exactly what I saw. I'm not sure if it is an intentional guard dog put there but either way, it's pretty funny. I just had to wonder what are two cats thought while sitting at the bottom of the stairs. Probably, "To go upstairs or not to go upstairs" lol!
Please disregard the horrible carpet on the stairs. For some reason the people that lived here before we bought the house decided to lay new floors through most of the house but left carpet on the stairs. That's a project for a later date though. I am thinking something like these:

IHeart Organizing: Secret Stairs: How to create wood stairs on constructions grade particle board

That's all I have for this weeks roundup. Leave a comment if you would be interested in joining me for a link up every week like this one OR if you know of someone who already does this that I can link up with I would love to know!! Thanks!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bower Power Spring Photo Challenge

Some of these spring pictures have already been seen in other posts but I wanted to gather all my favorites in one post for this challenge! I have been a fan of Katie's blog for almost 2 years now! Here is the link to her Spring Photo Challenge! 

I just love all these photos! 

Awesome Trip Down A "Rabbit Hole"

The funniest thing just happened. I was looking through the other links on Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge which I love and clicked on Just Simply Linda and fell in love with her cozy little blog! She reminds me of what I want my blog to be, a little bit of everything, but I love the chit chat type of posts like hodgepodge and Ashley's Social Sunday that people link up to but so far I had only been able to find those two. I am not sure if I am looking in all the wrong places or what but those kind are hard to come by. I wish I had a different one to link up with for every day of the week. Yes, I know that was an extremely long run-on but sometimes that's just me! =) Anyway, I saw that she participates in one I had never seen before!! I am super excited to have found 2 awesome new things in one day! 

So here goes! This is linking up to Chats on the Farmhouse Porch with Everyday Ruralty

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Wednesday! I am joining up with Joyce again! You should go check her out and all the others that link! I love seeing other answers to the questions! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Very 1st Sunday Social!

I am suuuper excited to be joining this weekly link up! Hoping it brings lots of new bloggers into my life that I can relate to! If you are joining me from already being a part of the link up, Welcome!!! Grab a shady spot and relax while under the tree! :P

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Special

Hello Saturday! I love you! I also love The Vampire Diaries! Sometimes these will be really in-depth and sometimes they will be short and straight to the point. Like today lol. 

                                      klaroline + quotes - klaus-and-caroline Fan Art

This is one of the best scenes of the whole show. 

Do you watch this show? What do you think about it? I would love to know!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Office Improvement

We have all had that feeling where an area just isn't working out for our needs anymore and we just want to refresh and update and brighten! Right? I'm sure I'm not the only one. 

When we moved in, I had my "office" in the smallest room of the house and at first it worked out. Sadly, I don't really have any before shots of that room as the office. But after I put another table in there so that the girls could come in and do crafts and home work and all that stuff with me, it became too cramped to do anything or be able to move around. So I moved it into a bigger bedroom that was being used as mostly storage. I went through all the stuff that was the "storage" and got rid of what we didn't need or found better places for the other things and moved everything in the bigger room and it's working out sooo much better! Not only is there room for everything but there is added room for a loveseat and TV set-up for movies and video games and cuddling in our own little "family/craft/office room" 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Back in Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Wow! It's been so many months since I have been able to participate in my favorite Wednesday get together! I am linking up with Joyce over at From This Side of the Pond

Friday, April 18, 2014

If Money Was No Object: Kitchen

*I am in no way affiliated with Target, I just LOVE that store.

It's always fun to window shop, and the best way to window shop is on the internet! I am in the process of revising our full "House renovation/update to do/wish list". That's a mouth full. Just like what John & Sherry did here.

But before I do that, I thought it would be fun to look through Target's amazing selection of decor for a basis of what I would love to do for each room and maybe slowly pick up a piece here and there. That's really the only way you can do it now a days without dropping a TON of money, even though I am very selective in the things we buy for the house and DIY or create my own versions or items when I can! Some more examples of that are herehere and here to show a few!

So here is a mood board of my Target kitchen finds! I will recap them all below that!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Glitter Eggs

Last night my mom came over and me, her and the girls worked on decorating Easter eggs! I got the glitter egg idea from a wonderful blogger I recently found Dugans InCahoots but let's just say, ours didn't turn out nearly as glamorous! And that's totally ok! I was going to glitter the hard boiled eggs but then was thinking it would have been too hard to get the glitter off of the egg after cracking it because I'm sure it would have gotten all over it. So I was talking about it on the phone to my mom and she said, why not glitter some plastic ones and we can still dye the real ones and then you can have the glitter ones to sit out every year. I don't know why I didn't think of that to begin with. 

A-Z Blog Challenge: Letter M

I am participating in the A-Z Blog Challenge

I have been using this challenge to list some things that can let you know more about me, for anyone who doesn't know. 

My word today is going to be Magazines!

I don't think a lot of people know that I am a huge fan of them! I have been ever since I was little. Just something about those fresh glossy pages full of all kinds of goodness. I can have a magazine and never get tired of it. Sometimes me and the girls grab one and get a pen and we play a little game where you go through and pick only 1 item from each page that you would pick if you could have that item and circle it. It ends up being pretty funny especially when there are more than one thing on a page that you love! It can be a shirt someone is wearing or their shoes, etc. My all time favorite one that I have a subscription to is HGTV. I have read every issue since it came out and I think that magazine is far above the others in quality and the ideas they give out! 


Some others that I still really enjoy are:

Better Homes and Gardens
Fresh Style
US Weekly
In Touch
(yes I love the gossip magazines too! lol)
Entertainment Weekly
Country Weekly

I could probably keep going. 

What are your favs? Do you have any subscriptions still in this web based world we live in?

Monday, April 14, 2014

A-Z Blog Challenge: Letter L

I am participating in the A-Z Blog Challenge

Today is LEGOS!! 

Everyone in my family loves Legos! Right down to the kittens who love pawing at them!

My husband collected Legos when he was a little boy and still has all of his sets all labeled and ready to put back together at any time! I try to buy a little something to add to their collection a could times a month because they are always fun! 

We went to see the Lego movie last month and it's amazing of course. I don't think they could have done a better job at all! After the movie, I fell in love with the characters and have been having some fun with Emmet, the main character! Here are some of his adventures for your enjoyment lol!!

Who knew a tiny Lego man could be/have so much fun? LOL!