Artfully Messy

Family Art Table featuring Ashley's Watercolor painting.
Family Art Table featuring Ashley’s Watercolor painting.

These days we have been indulging in our creative side more often. More than half of our family members are creative thinkers.  I’m talking about we always seem to have something artfully messy going on.  It can range from a messy art table, to a bad hair dye job, or plenty of tabs open on my browser for graphic design purposes. I’ve tried to fight the messy bits but I learned over the years that suppressing the need to create something is like an internal death. You can lose your way when you don’t nurture that creative “thing.” We are created  to use our creative minds to fulfill a purpose in life. (Ephesians 2:10) When we are not creating, it’s not a good thing.

One day while we were working on a project around Christmas time, I wrapped the kitchen table with some IKEA drawing paper to protect it from paints and glue. After we finished, I decided not to take the drawing paper off the table. It stayed and eventually became this art table. I’m not sure just how long it will be there, but it’s serving quite a fulfilling purpose at the moment. Its simple yet so relieving to have. We sit and doodle, paint, draw, write, glue stuff on the paper and just let it become something of it’s own. It’s a small creative outlet for us.

Every now and then someone will have a good ol’ cathartic art session. Here is one, this art piece is Ashley’s.  When I saw this it made me smile inside. The table has done us good. I’ve had to clean up and organize it a bit, but over all it’s our artful mess that will probably stay a while. Eh I think of it as therapy. Come, sit, and do art.

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Sweet Outings & Do Nothings

Sweet Ice CreamOne Saturday mid morning I was sitting at my computer hunting down some sort of something. It might have been a mad quest for information or a computer part. Whatever it was, it was interrupted with Ashley saying,

“Hey Mom? You want to hang out… We can go to…”

The rest of her words might as well been whomp whomp whomp because I was a bit taken at my daughter asking for me to hangout with her. It’s not unlike her, but I was still excited and all sorts of thrilled. She offered to pay for gas too!! Does anyone offer gas money anymore? I haven’t heard that in years, but we are teaching our kids that it common courtesy to offer gas money. Anyway, I hurried away and got ready to go. We went to the shops and stopped in one of the most hipster coffee places there, Dripp. Their coffee preparations are something interesting to watch. This time I didn’t get coffee. I tried their Vanilla Bean ice cream and a hot tea drink. I’m sorry I forgot what the tea was called but it was something unique. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather. She sat across from me taking photos of her food, a bad photo of me,  and posted them to social media accounts. I sat across from her doing the same, air dropping photos to each other all while people watching.  It was a nice day to sit outside and enjoy the weather, scenery and some treats. Afterwards we walked, laughed and chatted. She shopped and offered to buy my some socks and jewelry. I really felt appreciated and thankful for the gestures. I didn’t get jewelry but I did take her up on get some socks though!  They were irresistible cute bear socks so when I put them on I would have “bear feet and not be barefoot!” ha ha ha! I crack me up sometimes. Any how, it was a very rare, nice relaxing day. All was well.

Life rarely has days like that for us. Most of the time it’s rush here, rush there, pick up here, drop off there, scrub here, scrub there, and so on. It can be tiresome. We have to make a point to stop and just enjoy some of the day. I admit, if she had not stopped me, I would have had a regular day of doing this and that and not fully enjoying life that day. The older I get, the more I see that we are supposed to enjoy what the Lord has given to us. There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). It is not always time to work on our forever growing “To Do List.” It is appropriate for us to take a break. Take a day off, in fact take more than one day off. Life is so short and unpredictable to wear ourselves down with constant work. There are always things that need to be tended to, but it can wait at least for a moment. For your health,

Sit and do nothing for a moment... daily.

It’s ok to make a point to “do nothing” for the sake of rejuvenation. It’s been researched and recommended, Do Nothing and Nothing To Do: The Hidden Value of Empty Time and Boredom. It doesn’t have to be anything like a tropical vacation, although very desirable, but not always doable. You can actually just sit. Sit outside for a moment. Sit in front of the fireplace since fall weather is upon us, sit on the couch, just sit. Rest. Breathe. Let your mind relax. Cast all your cares upon The Lord while you are sitting. Any negative words and worries should be canceled out by speaking the Word of God. Take care of yourselves. Do it for yourself and your family.

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4 Sites Offering Great Things

Hey Everyone, it’s been a while but I have a few things I’d like to share with you. I’m frugal. I am always searching for deals and I love free offers! Hey I have a family of seven so it’s always a help to save, save, save! So here’s some of the things I’ve found that helps me to save, and a few sites offering free great things.

Goodwill Auctions! – Yes Goodwill has auctions! Can you believe it? There are some great deals on there too!  There are so many things on this site it’s amazing! So get your product wish list and check and see if anything is on there.One item that has been on my wish list for years was the iRobot Vacuum cleaner, Roomba. Guess what? Roombas can be found on Goodwill auctions too! As always, when buying online check the shipping costs first before you make your bid and include that in the total cost. If you bid .99 cents on a set of kitchen towels and the shipping is $19.99, you’ve paid $20.98 for that thrifty set of kitchen towel! Doh! Shipping shouldn’t be that extreme but I’ve seen it happen with auction sites. That actually happened to me in my early 2001 ebay days. Goodwill Auctions will not accept returns so buyer beware! Read, read,  read,  and research the item before you bid!I will search the item at various sites to see what it costs new and how outdated the item on auction is. You can set your highest bid price and let it go. You’ll get a notification if you are outbid, or if you have won. There are various Goodwill stores around the nation that list things for auction so each store has it’s own guidelines and shipping will vary. Sometimes you can request to pick up an item. You can search items at a specific store and set up a personal shopper that will send you emails on new listings on the items you are looking for. So far I’ve gotten a nice Sound Bar wit sub-woofer, 3 Roombas, a Video Recording Drone, PlayStation, Hooked on French for the little ones (that one was incomplete), a Ninja Blender, and a Polaroid Cube. So it you see t********6,  lol that’s probably me!

 145293-1e0b34362c59e6aca80007cc8c76bd8e-medium_jpgHoney  Not local delicious honey made by wonderful bees, but this is a Chrome add on. It helps you save money while you shop online. If you are like me, you like any additional discount off of an item you can get. Honey helps you get and apply those coupon codes easy!  No more searching online for a coupon code! Well I still search valid sites like RetailMeNot, but we no longer have to search the web and follow links that lead to outdated coupon codes. Yay!! Try it, it’s free! When you do sign up share your referral link like I did! Btw the Honey link is a referral link if you didn’t catch what I did there. 😉

tymtrlogoTeach Your Monster to Read  I am so excited to share this! They announced this on their facebook page: We’ve made our new app free until the end of September! The tablet app has all 3 games and is free on iPad, free on the Amazon Appstore and only 59p on the Google Play store. Share this now, to help us spread the news.  I happened to see from a friend that shared the link via facebook. It looked great and love the vivid colors for little kids. My little one enjoys this. I’ll do more of a review on this app at a different time but until then download it for free here and let them know how you like it!
AppStore (iPad)
Google Play Store  (Android)
Amazon App Store  (Kindle)
Oh and the computer version is also free:

home-16personalitiesFree Personalities Tests – This is nothing new but it always interests me to find out more about people, my family especially. So last week we had an assignment to research each other’s personality profile. What’s a Personality Profile? Well it’s a way to discover more about yourself and possibly feel understood. The personality tests asks you questions about yourself. It’s not based off of looks or trends, instead it goes deeper into your preferences in life, how you think, live, and react to others. The test then reveals your results in a 4 letter personality type code that explains you. Carl Jung the author of Psychological Types in 1921 placed people into different types of psychological functions.  Later,  Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers added to his theory and developed their own 16 psychological personality types showcasing 16 personalities. I think you might be surprised how accurate the test is. The key is to be brutally honest with yourself and try not to answer I don’t know, or neutral to get a better result. The test at 16 will tell you more about the personality type you have in an Introduction. It will also reveal more information about
Strengths & Weaknesses
Romantic Relationships
Career Paths
Workplace Habits
There are some offers to buy more information. I haven’t yet and this isn’t an a referral link. There are so many free sources to learn about your specific personality type. In fact  After you get your result, search for your personality profile on Pinterest! If you are married you can take the test for your spouse and compare what you both got. I did this for my husband mainly because we both didn’t agree on his results. He’s an ISTJ and I’m INFJ. Mine was so spot on that my husband said I was the INFJ of All INFJs lol! Of course we are all created different and no test can pin it all down, but the similarities and being understood is priceless (My Personality profile makes up 3% of the population, I appreciated being understood!).  Just try it and see. Take your test and let me know what you get. It’s also a lot of fun to see the different profiles in your family. Who knows, maybe you’ll finally get an understand of someone close to you or a coworker!
Here are a few links to free personality tests.
16 Personalities – This page also has one for children! Found Here:

That’s all I have for now. I hope you are enjoying life! Many Blessings to you!

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