Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wedding Wednesday

Yes, wedding Wednesday, is a day late.

And what do I have to update?

Amy said "Yes, to the dress!"

She is gorgeous!  So is the dress.  Its Mom, Dad, and Granny approved.  Her sisters and aunts have seen pictures. 

Here is my "consumer report" on Davids Bridal ~ GO!  Ok, more details ~ we went online the morning of the trip to make an appointment.  That means that when we walk in, someone is "assigned" to us to help us in any way we need.  *Tip~ go with a budget in mind that the bride is aware would be very hard to say no when her heart is set on a certain dress that is way out of your budget.*

Our "helper" was awesome!  She listened, she helped, she made constructive suggestions, she was supportive, and she was knowledgeable.  She asked up front about style and budget.  We did end up going over the budget by $100.  But that was ok.

The dress Amy chose was the first one she tried on there.  She tried on 5-6 more and then went back to the first one ~ which, hands down, was the best.  She was happy, I was happy, Dad was happy, Granny was happy. 

The stores custom is ~ when you chose a dress, you ring a bell and make a wish for your future.  All the sales people come to look at you in the dress, clap and congratulate you.  At this point, I cried.  Then Amy cried.  Then our awesome sales person cried too!  Tissues were passed and we pulled ourselves together.

They determined that Amy could use a smaller size in the dress, so there wasn't as much alterations.  Its been ordered and will take a couple of months to get here.

Tips ~

*Its not easy to find a modest wedding dress or semi modest (depending on your standards).
*Its not easy to find one in a lower price range ~ meaning well under $1000.
*Send pictures of the dresses to Dad so he can help choose (and have an emergency budget meeting if necessary)
*Don't be pushed around by bullies in these shops ~ this one was great, but we went into a shop earlier in the day and she was extremely snobby and rude.
*Shop early ~ this could take till Feb. at the latest to get here.  Then alterations ~ my talented daughter in law, Amy Kate has agreed to this.  We sent her pictures too.
*Have a budget, which is a good starting point.
*Have fun, try to relax, go to more than one place if necessary.
*Be prepared to change the style of your dreams ~ this dress is nothing like we "thought" we wanted but its gorgeous!
*Listen to what the bride wants ~ Amy wanted lace, sparkles, and a train. Its her day ~ its what she got!
*Be strong ~ after you choose the dress, they want to sell you lots of extras ~ the only extra I got was the garment bag for the dress ($10).
*If you go to David's, look for coupons.  I set up an account, with my email, and that morning got a $40 coupon.  They honored it....which basically paid for the sales tax!

Thankful for ~

this item checked off our list
finding what Amy wanted
the approval of everyone
compassionate sales personnel
a phone that takes pictures
a fun day with 3 generations
lunch date with Greg

Monday, October 17, 2016

Essentially Monday

Oils, oils, oils! 

Here are some more favorites of mine ~~~~~~~~~

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, doTERRA Breathe™ is a remarkable blend of essential oils that promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. This proprietary blend helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats and can be applied topically or diffused at nighttime, allowing for a restful sleep
After a long day of work or physical activity, many of us could use some soothing comfort. Deep Blue® is dōTERRA's soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus work together to provide a cooling effect and can be a comforting part of a massage. For topical use only.
Many essential oils have been recognized for their digestive health benefits. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established healthy compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander and Anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, dōTERRA's DigestZen helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.* For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.
dōTERRA Slim & Sassy® Metabolic Blend is a proprietary formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils designed to help manage appetite between meals.* Slim & Sassy includes a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon essential oils. Add to water and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach,* and lift your mood. For aromatic, topical, and dietary use
Disclaimer ~ *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

I would love to help you with any oil questions or purchases.  I can have any order shipped to me and then mail to you. 

And HOW do you get oils for 25% off everyday?  Glad you asked!  doTERRA has 2 ways to get this discount on oils for you and your family!

1. Become a Wellness Advocate (I Am).  The cost is $35 for the first year and $25 for each year after ~ at each renewal you also receive a bottle of Peppermint.  Or become a wellness advocate and buy one of the starter kits ~ then the $35 is waived.  You do pay the $25 renewal each year.  I you choose this, you can also sign up for the loyalty rewards program and earn points on your monthly orders & shipping for free products.  You must order monthly or you lose your points.  But getting free stuff is awesome!  There is no minimum order ~ you just have to order.  Once you begin incorporating Oils into your daily life ~ you will find that ordering every month helps you stay stocked up on what you use and you can add in new oils you want to try.

Another aspect of Wellness Advocate is you can sign other folks up and help them on their Oily journey.  You do earn some extra benefits as a WA for each person you sign up.  This is not required but its an incentive if you do sign folks up.

2.  A new program is the Wholesale Customer Account.  Cost is $35 for the first year, and renewals are $25 each year after that.  This entitles you to buy every Product you want to use for 25% off the retail price.  It really would not take long to earn back your initial $35 in product savings.  With this program, you simply order with the discount applied ~ you don't earn any extra points. 

With the awesome technology available today ~ you don't even have to be local to take advantage of any of these deals.  I am doing lots of training classes over the internet with groups in Mississippi and Tennessee.  There is lots to learn and loads of information out there.

*phots and decriptions of each oil were taken from the doTERRA website.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

?? Saturday

I haven't thought of a good name for Saturday posts.  They are usually pretty busy since everyone works during the week.  This is the day for catching up on chores,  getting some farm work done, and sleeping in a little later. In the fall, there is lots of college football watching!  Usually there is cooking going on since our church does potluck meals the first 3 Sundays of every month after the morning service. And Saturdays are usually date morning for Greg and I.

Today ~ we slept in.

The guys of the farm got up and drove to Athens for the UGA game.  They are playing Vanderbilt today.  James is most excited about this since its his first game ~ he found the tickets....nothing frugal about this outing!  Those tickets are pricey!   This is Gregs 2nd game (1st was 30 years ago).  Will is there too and its his first game.

Amy and I walked around our towns craft fair/fall festival for a couple of hours.  And didn't spend a penny.  I did run into a couple that I went to church with years ago, so it was nice to visit and catch up with them!

Amy is off to work and I am going to play with Aiden.  Then PaPa is joining us after the game for dinner. 

Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Frugal Friday

Coming up with some Frugal things to share ~

Wed. is Senior Citizen day at our local Kroger grocery store ~ so that has become the day I shop ~ I am not too proud to get this discount!  I saved over $70 on my groceries this week by combining sales, the senior discount, Will's employee discount, online coupons, and a 10% off your total order coupon I got in the mail!  Score!  It was great!

Craft shopping ~ we rarely pay full price for anything at a craft store.  We either wait for sales, use the published coupons, or shop after a holiday.  Frames are always on sale at Hobby Lobby ~ either open back or photo frames ~ they flip the sale in between the two every other week.

We love essential oils and I do pay for quality ~ doTERRA!  But I buy my "gear", droppers, roller bottles, diffusers, empty vegie caps, fco (fractionated coconut oil) online at Amazon.  Great prices!  And Monday I will share how I get my oils at a 25% discount everytime!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for ~

4 little boys who call me MaMa ~ they are all healthy, happy, and thriving

3 of our 7 children being happily married - #4 gets married next year

living closer to Mom

a nice house & land kinda in the "country"

pantry full of food & a remodeled kitchen to cook it in

the internet ~ I had a nice long chat with a friend in Honduras last night over fb messenger

wedding dreams with my daughter

quiet times

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wedding Wednesday

So in following with the theme of picking a day for specific topics ~ Wednesdays will be for weddings.  Ideas we find, updates, fun things, etc. (I didn't post yesterday but it should have been named, destroy your computer Tuesday, since I was locked out by an update, Argh!  My awesome husband stayed up late last night and fixed it.

So onto wedding stuff ~  Granny, Amy and I went dress looking yesterday.  There is a little shop in our town that has formal wear including wedding dresses.  This gal is closing the end of the year, so she was a motivated seller.  Out of the  dresses Amy tried on 2 were good and of the 2, one was perfect~fit and price....but she wants to keep looking.  She is looking for something with a little more lace detail.  Since our handy dandy daughter in law AK can alter and would love to frufru a dress, its definitely going to be remembered.  Here are the dress details....long, white, modest, has a train, looks beautiful on her ~ and I didn't cry! 

We have printed off a bunch of wedding planner sheets and are making our own planner.  We found a cute 3 ring binder at the office supply store and bought wide dividers for our sections ~ to use with our page protectors.  Next is to print off a calendar to add. 

Colors are chosen ~ turquoise, coral, with a little pink & orange thrown in for good measure.  Tammy and I had pinned several things with those colors on the "not secret anymore" wedding board and Amy & Austin both liked them, so that was easy! 

We are looking online at some venues on the Alabama Gulf Coast.  So far the looking is online, but at the end of the month we are hoping to go in person after we close our MS house.  There is a state park that looks good and they have a meeting room that could be used if it rained that day.  There is also a Farm type venue which is really cute and not too expensive that would be great.  I just don't know what would happen in case of rain ~ gotta check that out.  I found another part on Perdido Key in Pensacola that is a huge pavilion ~ more rustic than we were looking for, but could definitely work.

Here are a few pins we are using for inspiration ~
Woods Flowers: Temple, Texas Lovely centerpieces for a bridal shower. Gerbera daisies, carnations, babies breath, and hydrangeas accented with burlap, rustic lace, and jute. Flowers were painted to get the corals and Tiffany blues that the bride wanted.:

Summer Wedding Colors | Daisy & Summer Wedding Color Love | Unique Wedding Invitations ...light blue and coral summer wedding ideas:

Thankful for ~

a beautiful color palatte
pretty dresses
a beautiful bride to be
availability of free printables
a year to plan
loads of DIY ideas

Monday, October 10, 2016

Essentially Mondays

I am going to start a new type of Theme blogging ~ and I am making it up as I go along! 

Today will be the first ~ Essentially Mondays....on Essential Oils!  I am going to start with oils we use, products & books we like and any tips I find helpful. 

Essential Oils are natural parts of plants, flowers, and roots.  You do have to be careful where you purchase your oils from, because many on the market are mixed or "stretched" with other ingredients, which means they are not pure oil.  There are premade blends available of different oils for certain issues or you can blend your own for your particular needs. 

Essential Oils have been used since Bible times and 2 were gifts to the Lord when he came to earth as a baby ~ Frankincense & Myrrh. Both have helpful benefits and would have been useful to the young parents of a baby/young child.

Disclaimer ~ none of the information I share should be taken as medical advice (I am not a doctor). 
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Lavandula angustifoliaOur most popular oil, Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its beneficial properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities.* For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.


Citrus limonAnother favorite, this essential oil powerhouse is cold-pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser* that can be used to complement many other oils. Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

Mentha piperitaPeppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.* For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.
Wild Orange

Citrus sinensisCold-pressed from the orange peel, Wild Orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrusy aroma. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

The oils pictured are ones that I use daily!  The lavender on the bottom of my feet for restful sleep, the peppermint added to my hot chocolate nightly, and the lemon & wild orange in my hot spice tea every morning.  I also use the lemon to spruce up plain water.  When you choose to use an oil for dietary use ~ you need to make sure its a pure oil from a reputable source.  Each doTerra bottle will tell you if the oil is recommended for aromatic, topical or dietary, or if it can be used for all 3. 

The link to my doTerra storefront site is ~

If you have any questions about Essential Oils or how to purchase the oils or how to sign up to sell (you get a discount on your oils this way!), please leave me a message!

Happy Essentially Monday!