Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gilmore Girls on Netlfix

For those of you that didn't know, one of the greatest shows of my generation (oh wow, that makes me sound old) is now on Netlfix.  Gilmore Girls.

So, the thing is I don't have much to say today.  I have a lot going on, personal life wise, and when I don't have other stuff to deal with I'm obviously going to be binging on Gilmore Girls.  Especially since my husband and I just finished The Blacklist.  Good thing I have the rest waiting on my good old friend DVR.  By the way, someone in the Netlfix comments described this show as a cross between Alias and White Collar.  When I told this to Melissa, she said "No wonder you like it, you're obsessed with both of those!"  

Anyways, go watch Gilmore Girls.

And just so you know, this is the only meaningful thing about October 1 to me right now.  I know so many people are excited for October, but right now I just can't get into it.  I know in a months time it will be all leggings and closed in toe shoes and soon after that hats won't be fashion only, they'll be a necessity because it will be so cold.  I hear this winter is going to be a bear and this Florida girl just haaaaaaates the cold, the snow and everything it entails (shovels, missed school, dangerous icy roads, pumpkin flavored everything).  I know, call bah humbug on me.  I'm just a summer girl through and through.  But enough whining!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll see you soon with my first ever style post! 

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Gold Polka Dot Tee (No Sew)

Today I'm going to show you how I took an inexpensive white tee shirt and turned it into a gold polka dot tee shirt.  Why you ask?  Because gold is the best.  Duh.  And it's fun to do things yourself. And you can usually justify taking a nap when you're done.  And when your husband asks why you didn't finish the laundry, you can say it's because you were busy making clothes.  Then ask him when the last time he was able to make trendy clothes.  When he says never you can say, yeah, that's just what I thought.  Or you can just tell him you'll try to get to that other "important" stuff tomorrow and not be so mouthy.  <<--That second one may be the better option.

I feel like I've become more known for my sewing projects, but this is a no sew project that anyone can do with just a few simple supplies and it's kid friendly too!  As long as mom works the iron that is :)

Anyways, here we go!

-Supplies needed: T-shirt.  I got this one.
-Gold Glitter Transfer Paper.  I purchased these.  Three sheets was enough to do a size 6 shirt, a 9-12 month onsie, and a M women's shirt.  These come in packages of one, so be mindful of how many you should purchase.  They sell similar products at some craft stores, like Micheals, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby, so those are a few places to look if you don't want to order online.
-Paper Punch..  I think mine was about one inch.
-Thin cloth.

So, as you might have guessed, this project is actually pretty easy.  It took me a little longer than I would have thought, but it was easy.  And this is kid friendly!  Get your kids involved, I promise they will LOVE wearing something they can tell their friends they made :)  

First step is to grab your paper punch and cut out your patterns.  I chose to do all polka dots, but Sophia's already told me she wants to do another shirt and put hearts on it.  This is one I had lying around, but these can usually be found in the scrapbooking aisle at any craft store if you don't have any already.

I wanted to show you a little issue I ran into.  Many of my dots were fine, but so many of them just didn't cut right.  I used my scissors to carefully cut the rest of the dots out and they came out just fine.  No dots were ruined in the making of this shirt.  

Now that all your dots are cut out, get busy placing them on your shirt!  Sophia wanted to do her own.

 This is the onsie I did for my niece.  Once all the dots are placed, you need to cover it with a thin sheet.

Iron away!  This is the part that took a while.  When you finish, gently push on each of your transfer pieces to make sure they stick.  If not, just place your iron back down and hold until they are good and secure.

And you're done!  It's important to note that the directions say to wash it inside out, so be sure to launder it correctly so your shirt doesn't get ruined.  If you try this, or any of my other projects, I'd LOVE to see them.  Email me a picture and I'll post it on my blog.  Or, you can tag me on Instagram #letitshineblog.  Follow me here if you don't already to see more sneak peeks of upcoming projects, or maybe just what I'm doing each day.

See you later!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Moment's Legacy.

I remember once I was on my way out of the store.  It was me and Sophia and we had bought a few things.  She was sitting in the shopping cart and I was pushing it towards the car.  It was raining.  Not too hard, but enough that we were definitely going to get wet.  A woman who was on her way right as we were walking out stopped and said "Let me walk you to your car." She walked us all the way to my car with her umbrella so that Sophia and I wouldn't get wet.

I remember a TSA agent patting me down in the airport once because my bobby pins set off the metal detector.  Since Cooper was a "lap baby" at the time and I was holding him, she insisted on patting him down too.  I understand that this might be their procedure, but the way she unapologetically made me feel like like I was using my precious 4 month old baby boy as a terrorist left me with a slightly bad taste in my mouth.

I remember once Cooper was throwing a fit in the store for a cookie.  An employee walked up to me and asked if a cookie was what he wanted.  I said yes and she said she asked if she could give him a balloon instead.  I said yes because Cooper loves balloons.  He played with that balloon the whole time we were shopping and it was one of our best shopping trips to date.

I remember an old lady basically telling me what a bad mother I was in Kroger because Cooper wasn't wearing any shoes.  It was 60 degrees outside and he had kicked them off.  She basically demanded I put shoes on him immediately.  I rolled my eyes and walked away.  He did not get "sick" later on.

I remember on one trip, we were late for our flight.  I had let the gate attendant know as soon as we disembarked that, because of the delay of that flight, we were running late for our connecting flight.  I asked her to call ahead and let the next flight know that we were coming as fast as we could.  On the way to the connecting flight Sophia was walking super slow, which was a departure from her usual instinct to run whenever possible (she was 2 at the time).  A kind lady with a golf cart picked us up and sped us to our gate.  The nicest flight attendant was waiting for us and offered to help carry our bags on the plane and when I couldn't hold Cooper and help Sophia at the same time, she played with my son and treated him so sweetly.  I apologized profusely for holding up the plane (although it wasn't my fault, but I still felt pretty bad) and she waved off my apologies with a smile.  She said she was happy to help and she really seemed happy to get us all settled on the plane.  I was saying prayers of thanks the whole way home because of their great kindness.

I remember a few months ago, someone hacked my PayPal account and stole some money.  I was SO mad.  I got all my money back in the end (and PayPal had great customer service to help me with that) but that violating feeling from being a victim of theft stings.

I remember a few months ago in Target, Eric got hurt accidentally.  Eric was basically on the floor.  Several employees came over to help (and don't worry, it wasn't super serious, he was just in some bad temporary pain), but one in particular really went the extra mile.  He didn't just ask if Eric was okay, he got him an ice pack and stayed right there with us until Eric was able to get up and walk it off.  I made sure to get his name and tell his manager how awesome he was.  I'm sad to say I don't remember his name anymore and we were at a Target out of town so I doubt I'll ever see him again, but I will never forget how he went out of his way to show us kindness.  I'll never forget his smile and concern for us when my husband was hurting, even if it wasn't a big deal, he made it his mission to make sure everything was okay.


All of these people were people I saw once and never again.  I started to think about these things after I read Rachel's post about the same topic.  Good or bad, these are things I will likely never forget from people I will likely never see again and wouldn't even recognize them if I did.  These people left their one impression on me that will last a lifetime.

It makes me think, what legacy am I leaving?  Have I done things that one day people will look back on and remember in a good way?  I hope so.  I hope that whether it's big or little that I can do something special every chance I get to be helpful to someone who needs it.  To be encouraging.  To make a difference in a way that's little, because sometimes that is the biggest to someone else.

What legacy will I teach my children by example to leave?  I hope mine is of kindness and ministry and service.  I hope it's of Christ's love even when it's not easy.  I hope it's of grace and forgiveness.  I hope it's something that brings a smile.

What kind of legacy will I leave today?  What kind of legacy will you leave?

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 22, 2014


Recently we have:

-Spent the day in Williamsburg.

-Made breakfast for dinner (pancakes, bacon & omelets).

-Diy-ed three t-shirts (okay, you caught me, two tee's and one onsie).

-Baked some delicious treats.

-Started a countdown until they start selling Wicked tickets.

-Helped my sister start her own blog!  Follow her on Bloglovin here.

-Decided to start doing more fashion/style related posts.  Look for those to come soon!

-Let Sophia and Eleanor match at church.  Sophia was in Heaven, Eleanor probably couldn't have cared less.

-Started a new Insta for my blog readers.  Soon I hope to also start selling a few things here and there also.

-Decided to do a flea market with my friend. Let's hope it turns out better than the disaster of the craft show I tried to do a few months ago.  #neveragain.

-Watched the Gators lose again.  But we're Gators for life, win or lose, ride or die.  I feel like they put up a good game against Bama.  They might have lost, but they went down swinging.

-Pulled out all our decretive pumpkins.  I'm a little bit of obsessed with them.  And by a little bit, I mean soon Eric is going to have to put me on pumpkin buying restriction,

-Participated in Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme.

-Started binge watching Blacklist.

And last but not least,

-Did some laundry.

Yep, we nailed it this weekend.  Okay, we didn't do allll of those things this weekend, but most of them.  We did most of them.  By the way, what manner of evil is Krispy Kreme that they can get their donuts so delicious?  I'm convinced they either borrowed the recipe straight from God Almighty or they sold their souls to the devil to get them so good.  Please don't tell me, I don't want to know.  Krispy Kreme is too delicious.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 19, 2014

Top 5: Kids Books

So this is one I've been excited to do.  It was so important to me early on to be able to read to my kids.  They both love books and have nearly memorized some of them because we read them so often.  I strongly feel that reading to your kids at an early age is is important and helpful for when they start to learn to read in school.  It was hard for me to narrow down our top 5 between both of my kids, but here they are.  

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  If you have kids and haven't heard of this gem I'd be shocked.  My kids love to read it.  It has counting and some gorgeous illustrations.  It's about a caterpillar and how he eventually turns into a butterfly.  It's expanded greatly over the years since it's release.  There is a "movie" on Netflix (really it's just a reading of the book with a video instead of just the illustrations), toys (my kids have a caterpillar), a finger puppet book, games, puzzles, even clothes.  But it all goes back to this classic book.  If you have toddlers and don't own a copy you better hop yourself right on over to Amazon and order one now!

2. Pete the Cat.  This is another classic in our home.  At three Sophia could recite this book word for word.  She liked to "read" it to me.  Around the same time when Cooper was 15 months we moved to Virginia.  On our flight here Cooper was rather upset on the plane.  I literally recited this book to him (I didn't have the actual book but I've read it hundreds of times and I've memorized it too) over and over and it was the only thing that would calm him down at the time.  I got a lot of crazy looks but hey, it kept him from crying, so, you're welcome.  There are other books in this franchise too and while we do have most of them, this is still our favorite.  In fact, we gave this book to Sophia's K5 teacher on her first day of school.  It turns out her teacher loves Pete the Cat too, they even have a bulletin board with Pete on it.  My kids both have Pete plush animals as well.  We love Pete around here, it's all good :)

3. Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Sophia's Auntie gave her this Llama Llama book the Christmas that I was pregnant with her (you read that right, she gave my child in utero a gift for Christmas).  It was one of her first books.  These things are freaking adorable.  The books rhymes and how one person managed to find so many adorable things that rhyme with llama I'll never know.  There are several books in this series too, but Llama Llama Mad at Mama was our first.  Sophia also has a stuffed llama that she still plays with and sleeps with--even at 5!  

4. Pinkalicious.  These books are so cute.  Sophia has a friend from church, Autumn who likes these books.  One day, Autumn and her mom came over to babysit so Eric and I could go out on a date.  My friend Jamie brought one of these books over so she could read it with Sophia and Autumn and ever since then we've loved Pinkalicious.  We're still collecting some of these and Sophia is determined to have them all one day.

5. Mommy is that You?  This one isn't as well known as the others, but it's still the cutest book.  Sophia loves to read this one and see the little ducks meeting all the different creatures while they're looking for their mommy.  She thinks it's the sweetest thing when they finally find her at the end. It's definitely a quick and adorable read!

So what do you think?  Do any of you have kids that have favorite books they absolutely can't live without?  I'd love to hear about them!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Family Photos.

Isn't this just the sweetest?

So I just can't say enough how much you should hire Nick for your photography if you live in and around the Hampton Roads area.  I'm sure Nick would give me a high five if I also mentioned he's available for travel too :)  Visit him at Nicholas Woolsey Photography.

I love these family pictures of all of us.  Melissa and John with the precious, sweet (maybe a little loud) Eleanor.  My amazing parents.  And then of course my three favorites.  I already have some of these photos gracing our walls.

*Nick did NOT pay me to say these things, we paid full price for our photos :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sophia's in Kindergarten!

Sophia had her first day of Kindergarten last week.  I had this bright idea to make her a "homemade" lunchable.  It was an English muffin sliced in half and then she had little tiny tupperware things filled with pizza sauce and cheese.  Much healthier than regular lunchables right?  Right, except it turns out that she hates English muffins and all she ate was the cheese and the apple sauce I sent as a snack.  #momfail.  So when she got home she was crying out of hunger and I felt like a jerk mom.  The next day we decided to go with old reliable, PB&J.  We were all much happier.  For the record, I think I might actually do the homemade lunchable again, but this time I'll use a regular biscuit instead of an English muffin.  I know for a fact she likes those (maybe even a little too much).  In other news, I have 5 English muffins at my house that are probably going to get thrown out in a few weeks once they get moldy.  Any takers?  Other than that she had a great day, is making friends, and got a perfect behavior chart her first week in.  She's doing great!

Shirt by her Nana.  I call this "Kindergarten Couture". 

And just for fun, last year and this year.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11