Category Archives: Some of My Favorites

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How was your Thanksgiving? I did really good this year and didn’t over stuff myself LOL. We had lots of yummy “from scratch” food and I can’t wait to share those recipes with you one day. For now, lets talk about today. Today is the day that you can sit in the comfort of your home, get on your laptop and get some great deals.

 

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What I am Thankful For

November seems to be the month where we can relax. October we are all busy with pumpkins and festivals and the day after Thanksgiving, well, starts the Christmas festivities. I love November! I still keep my Fall decor up through Thanksgiving and just live the month with gratitude!

This month we honored a very special lady. My husband’s grandmother turned 95 and we thru a big bash to celebrate her special day!

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Fall Garden Planning (and a Giveaway)

It’s finally here! Have you been waiting for summer to end like me? Here in Florida, there’s only a handful of items we can grow during the summer. It’s so hot and I long for fall so I can start planting again. I just planted a few rows of green beans and speckled butter beans a few weeks ago and they are popping up nicely.

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I’ve been gardening for years and every year, it’s always a trial and error. If something goes wrong one season, I just learn from it and try again the next season. Do you ever have those “so close to amazing” moments in the garden? Ok, I’m the only one LOL? Continue reading

We Can All Be Amazing

Do you ever have one of those days where everything is just perfect and amazing? Or what about a whole week worth of amazingness? The kind that nothing goes wrong. Everything you do is done well. Everyone you come across has a smile on their face. You go to reach for your Halo Top ice cream and your regular flavors are packed full and in-stock. OK, me neither…..let’s bring it down to reality now LOL. We all have moments in our days where there might be something that was absolutely amazing, right?

What about when you talk with your friends or new people that you meet? Do you ever compare yourself to them or build them up when they’ve done something amazing? Can’t we all be amazing? Absolutely! This life isn’t about me. I strive to always encourage everyone I come in contact with no matter what it is. It not only gives me joy, but that person will shine and we both rise!

So, today is one of those AMAZING days!!!

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I’m excited to announce that the blog tour starts today for the book I’ve been reviewing called So Close to Amazing by my friend, KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms. This is going to be a blog tour of stories and reviews of anyone’s “so close” experiences. We all have them! I’m excited to be co-hosting along with 12 other amazing bloggers. Please join our linky party and share your #soclosetoamazing moments as well as those amazing ones.

So Close to Amazing will be available on September 5, 2017. Pre-order HERE by September 4, 2017 and you can receive some amazing prizes included with your purchase.

You will find this book heartwarming, super funny, filled with faith and there’s even these cute pages with DIY projects straight from KariAnne at the end of each chapter.

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A Blog Tour of So Close to Amazing – Stories and Reviews

August 21 – September 16, 2017

I invite you to link up your book review about So Close to Amazing so we can share with others all of our #soclosetoamazing moments and encourage one another. You don’t even have to have a blog. Just share away! Have you had a DIY project gone bad? Maybe you found that garage sale dresser that you just thought would look so cute if you stripped it and re-painted it in a cute chalky paint color but ended up being a big flop? We want to see these! We’re all imperfect but we’re also here to build everyone up and hopefully laugh a little once we look back on these little mess ups LOL. #soclosetoamazing

PRIZES. Did I mention PRIZES?

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Each time you link up to the party on any of the 13 bloggers, you will be entered to win one of the two prizes. How cool is this?? (2) winners will be announced randomly on Thistlewood Farms blog on September 17, 2017. Good luck!!!

CO-HOSTS

Please visit all of our co-hosts and I hope you enjoy reading all of their reviews and stories of their #soclose moments.

Thistlewood Farms

Botanic Bleu

My Creative Days

A Fresh Squeezed Life

A Delightful Glow

Kim Ink

Not a Trophy Wife

Nourish and Nestle

Bluesky Kitchen

Noting Grace

Not Just Paper and Paint

Sondra Lyn at Home

Evey’s Creations

I pray you will be touched by these heartwarming reviews. It’s been such an honor to stand alongside with these 12 bloggers and to be part of the launch team with my friend KariAnne. If you have any questions on how the linky party works, please email me at wendy@littlehousesimpleliving.com.

Don’t forget to PRE-ORDER So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood by September 4, 2017 and get those amazing PRIZES just because she loves you! 

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Blessings!
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I Can Eat Bread Again

breadbeckersSeveral years ago I was told by a doctor that I shouldn’t eat bread or anything with gluten in it. So, I went on a Gluten-Free kick but still had the same stomach issues and “chicken skin” on my elbows. A good friend of mine introduced me to grinding my own flour and I’ve never looked back. I make yummy loaves of bread, bagels, hot dog and hamburger buns, cookies, cupcakes and more!

I had the honor of meeting Sue Becker a few years ago and I learned so much about the myths of gluten intolerance and the health benefits from eating bread from freshly milled flour.

Please join me this coming Saturday in Deland. It’s totally FREE and they aren’t trying to sell you anything. Sue has a passion for health and really just wants people to be made known of the amazing benefits of the flour. Make sure you email Pat on the flyer and let her know you are coming. If you don’t want to drive, I can take a few people with me.

I hope to see you there!!!

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Under cooked Cornbread and new friends

I’ll never forget the time that we moved to our cute little town in the country. It was 2006. I loved this place! But I was missing something. My husband worked all day and I spent time with my two kids. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time playing and learning all kinds of fun things. Something was missing. I needed people other than the four of us, like friends. I was new here and didn’t know a soul.

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About a year after we moved here, I got settled and got the nerve to go to our local community club for their annual meeting and potluck. I was so excited that I got to cook for someone other than my family and maybe I might see a friendly face there. I started my cornbread around 5:30 and made it just as usual.  Because I wasn’t sure how large of a crowd there was going to be, I cooked it in a 9×13 tin foil pan and figured I’d cut it into squares. After preparing it, I put it in the oven and let it cook like normal time, pulled it out and wrapped it in foil.

When we got to the club, I was so nervous and when we got out, everyone said hi to us and I thought to myself, “This is going to be such a fun place.” We went in and introduced ourselves and grabbed a seat at one of the tables. The president then called everyone into the kitchen so we could say the blessing and dig in. A real nice lady had taken my cornbread to the kitchen so she could cut them into squares to make it easier for people to grab.

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I was so excited for everyone to taste my cornbread. I wondered if people ate it like we did. I was in line to fix our plate, and that same nice lady came out and told me my cornbread wasn’t done. “What do you mean it wasn’t done?” I asked her. I cooked it just like normal. But, wait a minute…..I just remembered I doubled the recipe and forgot to double the time to cook it. Really? How could I forget that. It was supposed to be amazing or so I thought. The lady was so sweet and just laughed and said, “It happens.”

So, needless to say, no one really got to taste my amazing cornbread but I did end up walking out of there with a few friends that night.

Let’s fast forward to today…..I have some of the most amazing friends now and I owe it all to God for nudging me to go to a meeting at the club. I love this little club I am a member of. I served as treasurer for three years and as a board member.

So, here is my update for Chapter 8 this week in KariAnne Wood’s new book “So Close to Amazing”. Just like me, KariAnne wanted to make friends and joined a garden club and brought an under-cooked roast to the meeting. Can you imagine the laughs at her meeting too?? I can’t wait for you to read the rest of the chapter when the book comes out.

Speaking of the book release, I have some exciting news for you! KariAnne is offering some pretty sweet goodies if you order her new book before September 4, 2017. Check  it out! You can pre-order HERE.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
Pre-order bonuses also include:

A FREE set of downloadable planning printables from Just a Girl and Her Blog
80% discount off a Lightroom Essentials Class from UnSkinny Boppy
25% discount off my Painted Fox collection
A FREE set of Paris graphics from The Graphics Fairy
A 50% discount for a brand-new handlettering class with Jocie from One Project Closer

How cool is this? You get all of these amazing goodies just for pre-ordering her new book, So Close to Amazing.

I have to tell you, I am one of the hosts for the Pre-Launch Party, so yay, you can party with me. More details to come…..

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Have an amazing week!!

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From Trash to Treasure in the Minivan

I’m back from my trip to North Carolina and boy, am I glad to be home! Don’t get me wrong….I absolutely love going to visit my family and I’d probably move there if I could, but when you leave and you’re driving on the interstate and you finally get home and back in your groove, it just feels good.

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Ok, so let’s re-cap from where I left off. You can read last week’s post here.  I got up to Jacksonville safely with my charged battery and walked into the car rental place. When I pulled in, they had Tahoe’s. My husband really wanted me to drive one as he thinks we are going to buy one some day LOL. He said that renting it would give me an idea if I would like it or not. Ok, he’s right ha ha. I asked the guy if I could get the Tahoe since they had two sitting on the lot. He said, “Sure.” I handed him my debit card and he said that I can only go up to a mini-van if I use a debit card. Well, we strive to live debt free and do not have a credit card.  So, I guess I’m driving the mini-van after-all.  They told me that I’d have much more room to bring stuff back than the Tahoe anyway. Score!

I get to North Carolina on Friday afternoon and I got straight to work.  I told my family to get tables out while I started organizing piles within the same categories. In the midst of doing this, my family said take anything I want. Really? No, I can’t do that. They are trying to make some money so I’m here to help them sell. Stay focused Wendy. I started pricing everything accordingly and then my family said, “Are you sure you don’t want this?” as they show me a bunch of garden tools, a scroll saw, an old wooden sled and so much more. If they didn’t sell, they were just going to take it to the local thrift store. I said, “Let me think about it.” As the night went on, I started adding a few items. Next thing I knew, I had a ton of stuff to fill my mini-van with LOL.

IMG_9662Saturday came and we had an amazing yard sale. Pretty much everything sold except some Christmas items and a few other odds and ends. (What actually is an odd and an end???)  I guess it’s just too hot to think about decorations. We were sweaty and tired but we hung in there. Kind of reminds of that song by Survivor…..Face to Face, out in the heat, hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry….the Eye of the Tiger. Oh yeah!

My family kept saying, “Please take this or that”. We can’t take it to Texas (where they are moving to). I can’t believe all of the treasures I brought home with me. Let me tell you. That mini-van was such a blessing. There is no way that I could have gotten everything in the Tahoe so in hindsight, this was the way to go. I packed it so efficient too. I came home with these two beautiful white rockers that are going to look amazing on my future front porch. I packed boxes tightly in every nook and corner, making sure nothing gets loose while I’m driving. I also received a plow and sickle that are over 100 years old as well as two ladder-back chairs that were my great grandparents. What gifts and items that I will treasure forever!

“I learned that sometimes what looks like trash is actually treasure. And that God doesn’t make junk.” I love this quote from KariAnne Wood’s new book I’ve been reviewing for the past six weeks. I just finished up Chapter 6  and it is no coincidence that every week, the chapter resonates with what is going on in my life right then and there.

You can pre-order her book and I know you are going to love it! I can’t wait to get my hard copy. Ooh, I almost forgot! Save the Date for September 5th as I’m going to be doing a Launch Party and will be going Live on my Facebook page.  It’s going to be so much fun! I hope you’ll join me!!

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Have a great weekend!

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