Friday, July 31, 2009

Jacob is Here

Sweet Jacob came into the world at 10:52pm on Thursday night. He weighed in at 7lb. 14 oz and was 21 1/2 in. long. All is well.



Thanks for your prayers and well wishes.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just a Quick Check In

Edited to add: 3:30pm Contractions are getting intense. Christina, Mom and I are headed to the hospital.

Tomorrow is a big day in our family. Meg, our sister in law, is being induced and we hope to meet our new little nephew before the day is out.

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Check out Meg's blog for some recent pictures of the nursery that she so lovingly put together.

Here she posted some pictures of Jacob's nursery (scroll down past the maternity picts). Check here to see the room before.

Also, she redid her master bedroom curtains and painted the room recently. Check here for this post. Here is her bedroom before.

Meg has a simple, but lovely style. She makes everything look great.

I will be blogging during the day to update friends and family. Victoria and I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for a safe delivery for mom and baby.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thrift in the yard

A friend of mine told me that she bought several plants on clearance at Lowes recently (thanks Pam!) so last week my Sweet Girl and I hit up Lowes and happened upon some clearance plants at the back of the Garden Department. Look at all these wonderful plants! We spent $13.38 and found some fantastic finds.

First off my $1.50 Dahlia. Looks perfect and should come back next year.

My most expensive plant was a Clematis (not shown) I bought for $2.50. It looked fine, just needed to be put into the ground.

I did buy a few annuals to put in this planter that I bought on clearance at Home Depot when we went to the mountains. It is one of the lightweight planters that looks like the real thing.
I love the shape and handles.

The annuals cost me $1.75 for a pot of zinnia's and 2 salvia plants.

I also bought a 50 cent trailing/vine looking plant that I don't know what it is! :) For 50 cents I figured could buy it and figure it out later. Anyone know what it is?

I was THRILLED to get another herb to add to my little herb "garden" (I use this term loosely). It is called Pilgrim Oregano and has pretty little purple flowers.

I also bought two wonderful looking bee balm plants, one for me and one for my Mom and two kinda sad looking Homestead Verbena's ( I think they'll be fine). Both of these are perennials and the price was just right!

The girl that checked me out asked if I was good at getting plants to come back to life. :) HA! I think they just need some good ground and water and they'll be fine!

Hop on over to Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for more Thrifty Thursday ideas!

Happy gardening to you all!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Thrifty treasures

Oh yeah, this week it isn't just thrifty "finds" for me, it is thrifty "treasures"! :)

This baby was $1.00 at a scary yard sale. Do you know what I mean by "scary"? It's one of those that I wouldn't have stopped at by myself. Thankfully, my MIL was with me and my Sweet Girl decided to stay in the car due to their humongous dog! I have to admit, some of my best finds are at scary yard sales! Who would have thought two rednecks without their shirts on would have had this milkglass beauty???????
I bought this large mixing bowl at Goodwill for $4.00. I love the blue color! Not only is it the perfect color, I will use this beautiful piece often to hold salads and other items.

Oh and did you see my little birdie? .79 cents at Michael's! They had all their summer stuff on clearance for 60% off!
For years I have wanted a piano and had it on my "Wish List". When I was growing up I half-heartedly took lessons and over the years wish that I paid more attention. Recently a friend was having a yard sale and she was selling her piano! I bought it and this weekend my husband and some friends and family helped him move it. Sweet Girl and I are so excited!
Speaking of Sweet Girl, do you see her headband and flower??? I won it in a giveaway from Rachel over at Made with Love and Glue! It is beautiful!!! Sweet Girl loves it and has been wearing it EVERY DAY! Look at the detail on this baby! I love it. Thank you Rachel for your generosity!

Go join Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality to see what deals everyone else found!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thrifty Fun in the Sun

This summer my sisters and myself have made a conscious effort to get together each week. We all live within 20-30 min. of each other (well all except for baby sister away at college), but with busy lives we still don't always get together unless we make it a priority. So for Thifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, I am going to share some of the thrifty things we have done this summer.

Georgia state parks have a free day each week. Add a picnic lunch and enjoy the sun. A park pass is also another way enjoy state parks if you go often.

How to enjoy a baked cheeto.

Gotta have a Cabree Sun (sweet girl's pronunciation)


While we have been enjoying picnic lunches most weeks, today Victoria and Beth took advantage of a summer specials that Arby's is having here in GA. My family took advantage of this special for supper instead. Today was a free sandwich with the purchase of a drink. I am not going to go through the line a bunch of times to get enough for my family, but at our local Arby's you could order all at once at the counter, so you could order five drinks and get five sandwiches for free. I am also not willing to fight for free food or anything else for that matter. Hubby went by Denny's one day when they were offering free food and he said there were cars parked as far as the eye could see---no way!!. My time is worth more than that, so that is not thrifty for me. : )

Meg's mother has opened her pool and is very gracious to let us come and enjoy. This was our fun in the sun this week and honestly this is the fun our children look forward to most. We are so appreciative to have this option in the summer.


Your town, county or state may also have other free attractions. Here we visited a local wetlands center.

Gotta have a blue mouth to enjoy this.

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We also have free movies at our local theater. They show a specific movie each week. You must get there early to get a good seat, but it can be fun. We pick and choose which movies to see. Some are movies that I wouldn't pay to see in the theater, but for free, Sure! Here is a link in case they have a Great Escape Theater in your town.

Just a note: Our McDonalds also offers a free latte' on Mondays. If you are out and about on a Monday, pick one up.

Thifty time with the cousins is priceless!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Price my space

I know I have shown my Sweet Girl's room before but I have changed it a bit and wanted to join in Nester's price my space party today. Here is the best picture of her bed but it was before I bought more throw pillows and changed it up a bit.

While Sweet Girl was still in her crib I watched for the Target Shabby Chic bedding to go on sale and bought most of it for 30 to 75% off! Blue throw pillow came from Goodwill for $2.50
Pink bed, bought at an antique store years ago, for $100.

Pink Christmas tree on clearance at Kohl's for $20, then used $10 coupon to make it $10! We usually decorate it for the season (Christmas, Valentines, Easter, etc)

I bought this scalloped shelf for full price of $25 at an Antique Store

The dresser came from Lakewood for $110. I just loved the shape of the mirror and it was a great height for a 6'3" man to change diapers on the top when she was a baby. :) The rug was the most expensive item in the room and I splurged and bought it at Pottery Barn Kids for $300 for Sweet Girl's nursery.

Sat I bought this little beauty at a yard sale for $2!

I love the detail of it.

The Decorating Queen made the lampshade seen in the corner for about $15 in materials, hubs rewired and painted the lamp (bought for $10 at the same antique store as the bed), MIL brought the tea cart over from her house to use as a night stand (free!). The white eyelet curtains came from my sisters MIL.

I bought the letters at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each I believe and a pad of scrapbook paper on clearance for $4.99 at Target that had great papers that coordinated with Sweet Girl's room.

So there it is...the most precious room in my little house.

Head on over to the Nester's place to see what everyone else is up to today!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Spray that Platter, Glue that Burlap

Kimba over at A Soft Place to Land is hosting a DIY Day and I'm here working on a post at almost midnight. Crazy!

And of course we always try to join Leigh over at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursdays.

So here goes...

Some of you may remember this thrifted platter.

Such a change.



This bottle that I've had for years

got some new clothes and a crown sketched on with a sharpie

(check out the makeover on the lamp base here)

And my paperback pumpkin to a little stand for my thrift store partridge.


Oh what a little spray paint, burlap and crafting time can do for you.