My 2015 Reading List

     



     

I know this list may seem short and I honestly love to read, I just really don't have time anymore and if I read each night I will be up so late trying to finish "the next chapter".  So I think this is a great list for me.  I think for sure I can get through these books.

Everybody's Got Something:  I'm sadly almost done with this book and I'm absolutely love it.  "This is Robin Robert's memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, the lessons she's learned along the way.  She writes with such grace, heart and humor."  I love this book - oh, I already said that.  

Sole Sisters:  "Stories of Women and Running is a gripping collection of stories that captures the inspirational heart of running women."

Run Like a Girl:  "Run Like A Girl is about the impact that participating in sports has on women; how the confidence and strength that it helps to build spills over into all of our experiences, making us stronger and better prepared for life's many challenges."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings:  This is a book that I've wanted to read for the longest time.  It's now time.  "This book captures the longing of the longly children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right."

Running Like A Girl:  This book was actually given to me last year for my birthday from a very thoughtful person in my running life.  I started it but plan to finish it  up soon.  "The inspiring, hilarious memoir of a "Bridget Jones-like writer" who transforms her life by learning to run, with stories of miserable defeat, complete victory, and learning to choose the right shoes."

Photos and Quotes are from Amazon




Santa Cookies

I saw this recipe posted on Pinterest last year and had to try it.  They turned out amazing - here is the instagram post from last year.  I call them "Our Santa Cookies" but they are really called Oreo White Chocolate Pudding Peppermint Cookies.  I can take no credit for this recipe.  I must leave this one up to the professionals.  This amazing recipe is from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod (super cute blog by the way).  You can find the recipe here.

I did take a few pictures tonight I wanted to share with you.



I hope Santa loves these as much as we do. 
Merry Christmas! 



Finally Ready for the Holidays with Libman + Coupon

I'm usually THAT person
You know, the one that has a plan for the holidays.
The person who has her Christmas shopping almost done the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The person who has her house clean and Christmas tree up by Thanksgiving night.

This year has been different.  Life has given us a hot water tank leak and a flood in our kitchen and dining room from our washer.  Just a small bump in the road - nothing that can't be fixed.  I have finally had time to put up our Christmas tree and also give the house a nice cleaning just in time for the holidays.

I'm so excited to work with the Libman team and use their clean solutions and mop.

More than 118 years ago, Libman started as a small family company set on making the finest, most durable wire-bound corn brooms and has grown into a leader in the home cleaning industry. Over the years they’ve grown and introduced great products like the world-famous Wonder® Mop, Freedom® Spray Mop, Freedom® Floor Concentrates and much more.

This little package made my day.


I needed so much help to get ready and Libman was there to rescue me - here is my dining room before...

And here it is after...



Finally completely done.  And cleaning the floor was pretty fast and easy.  Love it!


Libman also wanted you to enjoy their products.  Click here for a coupon for Libman products.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.


DIY: Perpetual Desk Calendar

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to share my DIY Perpetual Desk Calendar on the My Craftily Ever After Blog.  Ashley is so sweet and has a really cute blog, you should check it out.  







Friday Letter - Dec 19, 2014




dear christmas: I can't believe you are almost here!  I think times flies by faster the older I get

dear vacation:  welcome!  stay a while.  almost 2 weeks off!  Amazing!  I sooooo need it.

dear 2015:  I'm coming.  I need to starting setting goals.  Goals for running, business goals and also work goals.

dear left ear:  I can't hear a thing.  I think to try to get into the doctor TODAY

dear running - ok, let's start getting ready for this race.  I'm so behind in training but I'm getting back on target.  I love this picture of me.  I know it's not much to many of you, but this is the day I ran my first 10 miles - I will never forget this day.

dear erin condren:  I'm sorry I tried another planner...but in the end I came back to you.  I guess I will need to throw out the 'other' planner I purchased....it's really all about the quality of the paper.

dear everyone:  have a fantastic weekend.  I plan to wrap gifts, clean and rest.

tisa

New Ikea Paper Line and Giveaway!

I had the pleasure to attend the viewing party for Ikea Round Rock New Paper Line.  I honestly didn't know what to expect - everyone knows that I absolutely love paper.  And I also love Ikea.  Putting them both together is something I never imagined.

Ikea surpassed my expectations.  Not only do they carry cute journals, an amazing oversized clipboard, and paperclips.  They also carry wrapping paper and party items!  I had a super great time.

While there, I did pick up a few things:
How cute are these tags?  Awesome, right? {only .99 cents per pack!  yay!}


And these cute notebooks, I have a great DIY project idea coming soon for these:


And I could not leave without picking up these super cute paper clips - the number clips had me at hello! 


You can find the entire Paper Shop line here from Ikea.  I hope you are able to visit an Ikea near you soon to pick up a few (or all) of these amazing products.

Now for the giveaway
I also picked up this awesome Overlagsen 27-peice Party Set + the Matching Cups + Matching Plates + Matching Napkins - YES, you get all of these as part of the giveaway!





 

To enter all you need to do is leave 2 comments below.  Comment #1 let us know what occasion you plan to celebrate using this set.  Comment #2 let me know you follow us on Instagram.  That's it - so simple!  Share with your friends.  Also, make sure you head over to Life Anchored for another chance to win some Ikea Paper Shop awesomeness!

{this post is sponsored by Ikea.  I received free products for this post.  All options are my own.  Also all images are from Ikea}


Friday Letter: October 17, 2014

Dear Friday:  Thank you so much for finally getting here.

Dear Ebola:  You are starting to scare me.  Please I hope we can get this under control.  I do feel sorry for the 2 nurses who have this horrible virus.  My thoughts are with them and their families.

Dear knee:  Come on!  Seriously?

Dear cold (or whatever you are):  Please go away.

Dear Ikea Round Rock:  Thank you for hosting an amazing event

Dear upcoming craft shows:  Come on, I'm ready (well, almost)!

Dear self:  Continue to remind yourself to Be Still…


thanks for visiting, tisa

31 Days My Favorite Things: October 13, 2014: Fall Dresses

I think most of you know I've lost weight and the one thing I now love is to wear dresses. I didn't like wearing dresses before...but now, I shop for dresses like never before.  I wanted to share with you some of my faves for the fall season.  And I may, nor may not have half of these in my closet now.....shhhhhh

I love this site...and I hope to love this dress, it will be shipped soon.  Posting coming soon about company and how you can customize your dress.  I can't wait to share!
It's from eShakti 



Would you believe me if I said this dress is from Old Navy?  Yep, Old Navy.  I can see me wearing this on Thanksgiving - looks so relaxing.  



this dress is from Loft - I love the small detail of leather on the shoulders.  I think a metallic belt would might be perfect with this.  



I really like this color for fall, this dress is from Banana Republic

Thanks for stopping by. 

Easy DIY Halloween Tray

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween
Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you'll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Today I have a really fun and easy Halloween tray to share with you. I guarantee you'll love this project and will want to create one for all holidays!






This is such an easy DIY.  I just reused an acrylic tray I already had laying around.  I removed the laminated insert and followed these directions:

1.  List of supplies
     Acrylic Tray
     Black Glitter paper cut to the size of your tray
     Strips of orange little paper cut 1 inch wide
     Glue dots
     Scissors

2.  Add three adhesive dots to the back of your one of your 1inch strips.  Add to the black glitter pattern.

3.  Repeat

4.  After all have been added - trim

5.  Just slip this back into the bottom of the tray

That's it!  How simple.  And you can change this out for the seasons!  Love it.  I'm actually taking this one to work for my desk.  I do love it.

Are you ready for lots more creative Halloween ideas and projects??
Come participate in our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you'd like to see in more detail and it'll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!
110 Halloween projects & ideas! #halloweenprojects #halloween
1. Halloween Witch Crashing Decoration
2. Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore" Wreath
3. DIY Sharpie Pumpkin
4. Flying Bat Silhouettes
5. Halloween Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers
6. Easy Geometric Wooden Pumpkins
7. DIY and DYE Autumn Burlap Jar Candles
8. Easy DIY Halloween Tray
9. CreepyCritter Halloween Wreath
10. Blood Shot Paleo Deviled Eggs Eyeballs
11. Free Halloween Subway Art Printable
12. S'more Treats
13. Candy Corn Halloween Sign
14. Thumb Tack Pumpkin
15. Halloween Fun Decorating Sugar Cookies
16. Eraser-Stamped Trick-or-Treat Bag
17. Free Printable - Halloween Gift Tags
18. DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Door Mat
19. Pumpkin Mason Jar Luminary
20. Dia De Los Muertos Flower Vase

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

Thanks to all 110+ fabulous bloggers participating! We'd love for you to visit their blogs and see what else they're up to!

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advent calendars!

check these out...they are available on our website!




Each set includes:
24 - bags {{stripes or chevron}}
24 - glittered clothespins
24 - matching numbered stickers

31 Days My Favorite Things: October 4, 2014: Gold

I thought I would never say it but I'm so in love with gold right now. 
Yep, that's right, me.  

gold  gōld/
noun
  1. 1.
    a yellow precious metalfor use in jewelry and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies.

I love the way it sparkles.  The way it shimmers reminds me of wealth.  It's classic and beautiful.  Here are a few things I found that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy.


iPhone Case | Dotted Notebook | Cover Folio + Notebook Set | Coffee Mug | Stapler | Scissors | Pencil Case | Pencils