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Sending You a Little Sunshine

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So the office I work for relies heavily on referrals from other offices. We are constantly making our rounds and trying to think of “new” ideas for each office and stay the forefront of their minds. After awhile it has gotten tough staying new and fresh for each visit. When developing new ideas I try to take into consideration the time year, the month and what holidays may be happening the same time as my rounds. Not too long ago I was introduced to Brownie Locks. Now before you click on this site and take a look at it, I must warn you it is a bit “outdated” by the way of looks. Otherwise, it is a great site for finding those random and obscure holidays to celebrate.

This month we decided to focus on the Daylight Savings “Spring Forward”. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely loathe the time changes. I lose an hour of sleep but gain more daylight at night which is great. Unfortunately, I am now driving to work in the morning while it is still dark. The Monday following a time change for me is always the toughest. My administrator (who loves Pinterest about as much as I do) came across this idea – sunshine in a box. I have never been a fan of yellow. Every time I wear it I feel like a Ronald McDonald wannabe (you know red hair and yellow outfit). But how can you not look at all this yellow and not smile a little? Everything is so bright and cheery. Since this was not something that was going to be mailed like a care package, presentation was pretty important (and a bit of a stickler I might add).

After scouring the internet, I decided it was time to actually do some reconnaissance. I knew the overall concept I was trying to achieve, but the execution of it had me a little worried. One afternoon I hopped in the car and drove to Cary to see what I could find. My first objective was to find something to hold all my items. Since boxes seemed to be next to impossible to find a basket was the next best option. Sunshine in a basket – I could roll that.

If any of you have not experienced the lifesaver I like to call World Market, find one and go! Here, let me help you. because you really need to go – World Market locater. I wish you all could have seen me in there. Anything and everything that was yellow was in my basket, or baskets as I ended up leaving with four overflowing shopping carts.

After that I went to JoAnn Fabrics and then Target. Three hours later I was so sick of the color yellow, but I had everything I needed to start assembling the 30 baskets for delivery. Keep in mind that doing this many did cause some issues with how many of one item I was actually able to purchase. With that being said some of the baskets were slightly different then the other. Who was going to know? Here is the final product…

sunshinebasket

I tried to stay away from having a basket just filled with sweets. If you take the time to look around I think you will be shocked at the amount of yellow packaging out there, at least I was. What a fun care package for really any occasion! Whether going overseas to a loved one or just across town to a friend – take the time to send a little ray of sunshine. Below is a list of the items I put in the basket and where I found them.

Basket Kit 
This is such a time and money saver not having to buy everything separate. I chose
white because I thought it would offset the yellow more.

Yellow Crinkle Paper
I used this along with the basket filler that came with the kit. It added quite a yellow “punch”.

Apricot & Mimosa Raffia
Well, first off the names are awesome. Second, I didn’t need to buy as much as I did.
This stuff when a long way tying up the bags on the basket.

Pin Wheels
Came from JoAnn Fabrics.

Items Inside the Basket
Rockstar Recovery Lemonade – Target
Cheerios – Target
Crystal Light Energy Singles – Target
Velveeta Single Serve (not shown) – Target
Rubber Duckie – Target (dollar bin area)
Magnetic Notepads – Target (dollar bin area)
Sunflower Seed Starter Kit – Target (dollar bin area)
Archer Farm Kettle Korn – Target
Method Hand Soap – Target
Tissue Packets – JoAnn Fabrics
Gold Chocolate Coins – JoAnn Fabrics
Dried Cantaloupe – Word Market
Dried Turkish Apricots – World Market
Dried Mango – World Market
Orange Mango Italian Soda – World Market
Aunt Sally’s Creamy Banana Foster Praline – World Market
Singolla Lemon Biscuits -World Market
Lemon Ginger Tea – World Market
Storz Chocolate Bees – World Market
Mixed Nuts Packet – World Market

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We support them. Why not support us, supporting them :)

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Did that seem a bit of a tongue twister? I found myself saying it over in my head a couple of time just to make sure it sounded decent. Not too long ago I finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon and found myself immersed in the world of MilitarySOs (SO = significant other – you are welcome, Mom figure it saved you a text 😉 Since then it has been a great community of women to learn from, talk to and grow with. Now of course there is always a touch of drama, but that is what makes it entertainment. One of the first SOs that I meant was @DeploymentPrbs and this girl is a hoot. I have a couple of people on Twitter who I check on during the day and she is one that I make sure to pop in on.

She recently started a blog and is hosting a giveaway with MilitaryDolls who has an online shop for apparel supporting military SOs. My favorite shirt is the one that says “patiently waiting”. Not sure if that fits me well since I rarely patient, but it’s a great message. Click here to get entered in the giveaway. There are a ton of ways to earn entries! Go enter and good luck!

For Sale!

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Gorgeous Wedding Gown from CC’s Bridal Boutique in Florida, size 8 (only altered at hem line). This elegant ivory gown is in mint condition. Worn once and professionally cleaned. Delicate embroidery and sparkling bead work on the strapless bodice with layers of ivory silk organza on skirt and long train.

Also included is the crinoline slip and the long veil has slight touches of sparkling beads throughout. The veil is the same length as the train.

Everything for $550.00

My parents are selling this for me and the dress is located in Palm Harbor, Florida. We would have to figure out shipping if someone from out of state was interested.

Raise you hand if…

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You are just plain worn out from the holidays and they haven’t even arrived yet.
You are getting sick. You always get sick this time of year. (Going to raise both my hands to count Pat and myself.)
You waited till the last minute to do shopping.
You had some issues trying to have gifts arrive. “Oh sorry that tracking number is not working…”
You didn’t decorate the house at all cause you knew you would be leaving town.
Part of you just wants to leave the gifts in the original shipping boxes…no?
You still aren’t sick of Christmas music even though you are sure you have annoyed coworkers by now with it.
You didn’t send Christmas cards.
You made a few gifts from scratch. (Mine came out really good and looking forward to gifting them.)
You are starting to notice the “tacky” sweaters are coming into fashion.
You can’t get in any seasonal mood when the weather is hot, cold, hot and then cold.
You find yourself parking in Timbuktu to just avoid finding a parking place at the mall.
You don’t even bother asking for a box when you are buying clothes.
You know to pack clothes with elastic waistbands because by the end of the trip it will be all you can wear.
You wonder when Valentines merchandise will start appearing.
You have been tempted to put the “Ditto” lights up cause your neighbors went overboard again this year.
You either think the Elf of the Shelf is the cutest thing ever (NOT) or think it’s the creepiest thing ever (ABSOLUTELY).
You still give to the Salvation Army people even though you gave to the last 3 buckets at the previous stores.
You are a bit shocked this year that there is no “must have” Christmas item.
You will argue to the death that your favorite Christmas movie is the best. (White Christmas IS the best. Get over it.)

Pining Over Pinterest

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I feel a bit betrayed. Not going to lie. Here I think I am finding some nifty crafting ideas, home recipes, and other interesting tidbits in the blogging community. Do you know what I discovered? I was wrong. I happened across a friend’s Facebook status today and she mentioned Pinterest. Um, what it that? I had no idea, so me being me I Googled it.

Pinterest.com is like a Mecca for blogging ideas. Literally everything from crafts, recipes and so so much more. I spent half the afternoon on sensory overload. I felt like every time I refreshed the page there were 10 more crafts I had to “repin” on my board.

If you are into finding some awesome creative home decorating ideas this is the place to be. I have hardly had time to explore other areas yet but so far I am thrilled.

Once you sign up you really should check out this tutorial about how to use the site. It definitely helped me. I just sat there for the first few minutes and had no idea where to start or what to do. Also on the right hand side of this blog there is a “Follow Me on Pinterest” button in which you can see ideas I am saving to my boards for later use.

Now, go! Have fun!

Is it REALLY the most wonderful time of the year?

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I am sure everyone has different views of the holiday season. Over the last couple of years though I have started to realize the older I get the less enjoyable and more stressful this season gets.  You are probably sitting there wondering why the heck is she talking about December 25th and it is September 20th? Well, let me break it down this way. I only have 8 more paychecks till this blessed holiday arrives and I need start shopping NOW!

For the most part I am a pretty good gift giver. I really live to give something that is specific to each person. I have already come up with a couple good ideas but then there are those people who for the life of me I don’t know what to give them. Then there is me. Pat loathes this time of year in regards to me. I am the worst person to buy gifts for. If you ask me what I want for Christmas this is the reaction you will see…

I never have a clue and then when I do give an answer it sounds like the most boring gift ever. Last year I asked for a steam mop. You know why? Because it was something that I really wanted and would never go out and buy for myself. Pat fought me tooth and nail on that stupid steam mop but I finally got it.

This year though I think things should be a little easier. Why? Two words…wedding registry. I just figure I will divert everyone to those. Makes sense to me. I have taken the time to point and click on things I would like for the house. Frankly, I would rather someone buy me something nice for the house then for me specifically. Sheesh, I sound old.

I am also making an effort to decorate the house this year for the different seasons. Last year was kind of sad. Pat was so involved with stuff at work and wasn’t given block leave over the holidays I didn’t even decorate the house. Trying to get some nice ideas for the house. I also need to make a trek down to Florida to get my ornaments and items for the tree. Course I am petrified with any breakable items and Urban being in the same room.

I have a mantle this year to decorate to that is kind of exciting. I do need stockings though for our family. I came across these in last year’s Family Circle magazine and this is what I want to do.

If you click here they have so many ways to use felt over the holidays and I am ready to go. I may have to tone the colors down a bit for Pat’s stocking but I still think these are super cute.