Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Guess What's Going on in Nashville?

That's Lovely 2 on the left.
Most of you know that Lovely #2 is living and loving life in Nashville. When the family went to visit in June last year (remember when DrummerBoy's band played at the Ryman???) I easily understood why she loves Nashville so much. The food. Was. Awesome. Well, that and the people. I don't think I've ever been in a town or city with nicer more welcoming folks in my life. Apparently, this hospitality and support trickles down from the top.

Nashville has an amazing mayor. Yes, their mayor is amazing (we have a female mayor too. She's nothing like the one in Nashville. Just don't get me started.) My favorite thing about her right now is her support of local women owned start-up businesses. And not just because Lovely #2 fits right into this category but also because I believe in causes such as this--I mean, I am a woman, I have 4 daughters and 1 granddaughter so...

Through iFundWomen Nashville Marketplace and the office of Mayor Megan Barry, the enterprising women of Nashville will receive recognition and, hopefully, the funding they need to further their businesses many of whom support local charities as well.

Lovely 2 and her sweet partner not only have a little business of their own but they also made the cut for the project! Their super cute video would be right here had Blogger allowed me to upload it. Since Blogger is being a stinker, please CLICK HERE or on any of the pictures below to see the video.



So, how does Lovely 2 fit into the iFundWomen Nashville?

She and partner Haylee both work full-time jobs so Twigs + Roots is their passion project/side hustle. They are truly passionate about the products they make, but it costs a lot in time and personal funds to keep it going. They have BIG plans for Twigs + Roots (re-branding, new website, product expansion, wholesale expansion), but, with baby Young on the way (!!!), and DrummerBoy and Lovely 2 buying their first home (!!!), they don't have the means to continue financing everything themselves. No donation is too small, every dollar helps!!!






Why should you consider donating?

These two young women are passionate about educating the public on the negative effects of harmful chemicals and toxins in commercial body care products as well as being a part of the solution. This campaign will serve as a platform for them to do just that – educate and present the public with healthy, natural alternatives to commercial body products.  It will also allow them to continue offering products at prices that are easily accessible to all and assist them in making their products more conveniently available by expanding the wholesale business to local Nashville shops. AND they will finally be able to revamp their packaging, website, and overall brand to reflect the quality of their products!




What if I don't want to donate right now?

Share, share, share! Take a moment to share this post and/or share the link to their iFundWomen page on your personal social media accounts, tell your friends about it! 



From Haylee and Claudia:

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you in advance for your love and support of us and our little business. We can't wait to see where this adventure takes us!


There are only 14 days left to donate. If you can't, please share this with everyone you know! Thanks, y'all!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Milestones, Y'all

We've got them going on in this family right now. How so?

Baby M's parents bought their very first house! No more flushing money down the rental toilet! WooHoo!

This is their cute little house but NOT THEIR FURNISHINGS. I would post it but they just moved in Saturday and all y'all would be able to see are boxes and stuff everywhere. We all know how that goes, right? I'll post some more after they are settled in.

One of the best things about this house? It's a mere 14 miles from my house. 😁



But wait! Deanie and DrummerBoy also bought their first house so they also say good-bye to flushing money down the rental toilet! What?!

This is their cute little house! I only have one issue with it. It's in Nashville instead of Charleston. 😢 It's still cute, though. And so are they. 😍



There's just one more thing. This kid has a milestone birthday on Saturday. She's going to turn 30. THIRTY. FREAKING. YEARS. OLD. We shall not be discussing how old this makes me. 😲

I'll post the birthday post later but because she's my kid and I love her to pieces...

Happy Birthday Week, Deanie! Enjoy the last week of your 20s! 


Happy and proud don't begin to cover all the feels I have about these milestones!

Shoot, I'm happy and proud just to have the honor of being their mom.



Not a milestone but I did update the Etsy shop this weekend. I'd love it if y'all hopped over there to check it out and let me know what you think. This is such a learning process and I seem to be a slow learner on this particular issue. Ha! I've joined an Etsy sellers FB group and have learned several things, one of which I'll be sharing with y'all later.

CoasterDoodles has had a bit of a facelift!


Last thing! 
The NuNaturals stevia giveaway is on until Thursday! 
Click HERE to enter to win FOUR FREE PRODUCTS 
or just leave a comment on this post that you'd like to enter. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Embracing the Moments

I've been following Katie at Heading Home for a while now because of my curiosity about Five Minute Friday and I LOVE her last name. I have no idea whether I pronounce it correctly or not but it's a cool last name. Yes, I know my mind errs on the side of lunacy.

Anyway... Five Minute Friday seems like fun. Katie gives a prompt, you set a timer and write on the prompt for 5 minutes. The reason I've been so hesitant to join in is because some of the participants write beautifully and I did that comparison thing and fell short as I always do when I compare myself which is why I should never do that and just be happy with what I do. You can find a link to Five Minute Friday on the right sidebar over there. →

This week's prompt is: EMBRACE

Here we go:

Every single moment that passes does so at warp speed. My girls were born and then, the next day, they were all grown up and out on their own.



I feel I failed to EMBRACE those moments.



Or maybe I just couldn't keep up with the warp speed.



Or maybe that's just the way life is.



Now, I'm trying my best to EMBRACE each moment with this little bug.



Who is already changing and growing at warp speed.



No longer a baby but looking more like a little girl.



In a week or so, I'll be looking back at my time with her as a little bitty thing while sitting at her college graduation.

EMBRACE each moment because they don't last longer than a nanosecond.

But the journey, however fast, is well worth it.



Remember, y'all, there's a giveaway of NuNaturals stevia!
FOUR lucky winners will each get THESE:


So, here's the deal:

  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB pageInstagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.










Why Grandma Smiles and Needs Hair Color

Happy Friday, y'all! It's been a whirlwind week around here. Baby M's mommy and daddy bought a house and this is moving week. The movers come tomorrow but they've been busy in between Baby M and their full-time jobs taking boxes over and getting things like the kitchen and the aquariums set up.

How do you get out of...er, I mean, how do you help your daughter's family move into their first home? You offer to take care of the baby. 😀

I haven't included the pictures of why my hair is graying quickly these days. Those would be the pictures of Baby M climbing on all things unstable. But I don't have those pictures becasue I am in catcher mode and can't catch the baby and snap a photo at the same time. I'm good, but not that good. Ha!

Here's a peek into my week:

It's always difficult to get the pants back on the baby. So, I do what I can. Technically, the pants are ON the baby.2 

Baby M is still pulling up on EVERYTHING and letting go because she forgets SHE CAN'T WALK YET.

Which doesn't slow her down one bit. And yes, she thinks it's funny. 

Just in case y'all thought she was always smiling...

She only does this when she's fighting a nap (and she wins the award for fighting naps) or Grandma is moving too slow.

Most of the time she's like this as she really is a happy baby.

There's a reason Grandma wears old clothes and her hair up when Baby M is here.

She's working hard on that pincer grasp. 

Even with a spoon in her hand. 

Sippy cups are brilliant these days. Remember how the water or juice went everywhere when our kids were little? Well, no more! When it hits the floor, the water stays in the cup. I love it!

Teething biscuits have changed, too. And they claim, right on the box, NO MESS. They lie. We still had a mess. Though not as bad as the Zwieback toast of old. 

Sippy cups and Puffs. A magical combo. 

The reason for Grandma's smile, her gray hair, and her heart full of joy. 




Remember, y'all, there's a giveaway of NuNaturals stevia!
FOUR lucky winners will each get THESE:


So, here's the deal:

  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB pageInstagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.







Thursday, March 23, 2017

CUPCAKES, Y'all!

Every so often the baking bug bites me and I bake a whole lot of yummy goodness. I even experiment from time to time. Lately, I've just been baking cupcakes. Y'all know how I love cake and cupcakes are just as good. Cake is cake. Sort of.

Anyway, a while back I received this package from NuNaturals:


How cool was that? Very cool. I know we're not supposed to use Splenda and other artificial sweeteners but I still can't find anything that says research shows we shouldn't use Stevia. Admittedly, I mostly use organic, raw sugar but I do like to use some of these NuNatrual products when I bake.


I've tried the cocoa powder in brownies and chocolate cupcakes along with the vanilla liquid. I use the no-carbs blend packets in my coffee and I've also tried the chocolate mint syrup in coffee. All ended up tasting pretty darn good!

These cupcakes were perfect on St. Patrick's Day!


So, why am I talking about cupcakes and NuNaturals products? Because when they send me FREE stuff to try, that means FOUR of y'all are going to win some FREE STUFF! WHAT?!

Yes indeed! FOUR of y'all will receive these goodies if your number comes up in the random generator!

 
So, here's the deal:
  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB page, Instagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.









 
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