One of my very first and amazingly wonderful and inspiring blogging friends, Elizabeth has been freshly pressed! Please take a minute and stop by to congratulate her and read her writings… SADE LIVE: In Concert In NY… A Pictorial Review
Hey there my friends! How’s everybody doing???
The sun is shining here, birds are chirping and I spied a BeAuTifUl rainbow on my way home from running errands… too bad I was driving or I’d be sharing a picture with ya! It was soooooo wide and the colors were the most vibrant I’ve seen! Even after having been caught in the rain TWICE today, I’m still a happy camper.
I must say, this week has been pretty phenomenal, even with the random, uninvited interruption the other day. The past is just that…it’s over. I’m here, in the now because of the situations and circumstances that transpired throughout the previous 32 years and 10 months; even in the moments that didn’t turn out quite as planned, growth occurred and change happened. Change for the better!
Soooooo… moving on.
Lots has been going on lately! All the business has left me a bit exhausted so there’s been lots of hitting the sack early and I’m not complaining about that one bit!
Tuesday, I had dinner with two fabulously wonderful friends…some VERY much needed girl time filled with good eats, great conversation and many laughs…. not to mention unwavering support. The “interruption” occured right in the middle of dinner. Talk about PERFECT timing! I don’t’ think that happened by accident either… SOMEONE, somewhere way up high let it all play out just how I needed it. For that, I am truly thankful. PLUS, we got to talk about wedding stuff! One of these gals is getting married in October and asked me to make her wedding invitations and guest book! I am soooo excited and extremely happy for her! YAY Carrie! :)
Yesterday, we took the kiddos on a field trip to Idlewild Park… it was a LONG and hot day but we seriously couldn’t have asked for anything better. The sun was shining even though they were calling for rain; there were NO lines so we got on all the rides with very little waits AND the kiddos were fabulous! It is by far my favorite trip to take the kids on… it’s a blast for all of us! I had my yearly corn dog with cheese so I am was absolutely a happy camper! The two teachers that accompanied me on this trip are absolutely wonderful! Sometimes I think we have just as much fun together if not more than the kids… it’s so nice to have a great working relationship with people you can trust and get along with. Where there’s a mutual respect and camaraderie it makes a world of difference. (Picture with these gals to come in a later post!
In other news….
Recently I have received an overwhelming amount of blog lovin’ and support…. Words really can’t describe how truly grateful I am.
Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation passed along three blog awards to me last week!
A HUGE thank you to Eliz for thinking of me and my blog… She is such an inspirational woman, always offering support, encouragement and sound advice. She is TRULY inspiring and I am grateful to have met her through our writings.
On Wednesday, the wonderfully fabulous and hilarious, Donna at The Redneck Princess dubbed Maggie Mae’s Days her Blog of the Week… I couldn’t be more excited! Getting a nod from Donna seriously made my day; heck it made my week! She always has something awesome to read even when she says she’s got nothing; I always look forward to reading what’s going on in her neck of the woods each and every day! She’s true to her word and offers encouragement and laughter just when I need it….
Then today, I got even more blog lovin’!
Jenna from We’re Jumpin’ was sweet enough to share it with me! Jenna and I just recently found each other out here in this massive community… so very happy that our paths have crossed as I am totally diggin’ what she has to say! AND, she’s participating in a 30 day music challenge, so of course that right there, got me hooked! THANKS girl! Look forward to reading lots more of yours!
To these three ladies… I want to thank you for much more than the awards and features… I am so incredibly blessed to have you in my life. Your words, nods and xoxos get me through the longest of days and happiest of moments. XOXOXO
Ok…. so next up with the fun part! THE MUST-DOs of accepting these awards! ( we all know I don’t have to-do lists, I only have MUST-Do lists…) and passing them along!
But…. not until tomorrow as I have a mighty long MUST-DO list I have to get to working on now… Nephew #4′s 1st birthday party is on Sunday and Aunt Mae hasn’t made a single thing yet!!!!
I’m keeping a pocketful of sunshine close by to carry me through! Keep yours close at hand!
What made you happy today? Was the sun shining in your neck of the woods?
Sometimes that’s all you can do…
When something throws you off or a person disappoints you;
When the past crawls outta the woodwork;
When you’re reminded of misguidings and transgressions;
When you think you’ve got things figured out and it all gets mixed up and strewn about by one singular, simple act…
Last fall started what has become a regular occurrence in my life… Crafty CrAzInEsS!!!
I’ve shared pictures of some things I’ve done…. there are a TON that I haven’t shared with you. Hopefully in the near future there will be a way for you to see all that I am working on! But not just yet.
Why? Quite simply because I am too busy in the midst of crafty craziness! I have participated in FOUR craft shows already this year which means I can cross that off my list! The celebration ended there however because sales at each of these 4 shows were less than desirable if not nonexistent. Bummer!!!!
There are a number of reasons that the sales weren’t so hot including poorly advertised shows which lead to poorly attended shows; the economy; window shoppers, etc. None of the Spring shows I’ve done were successful, but the one I did in late fall/early winter was phenomenally successful…leading me to think I will only do Fall and Winter shows.
Just because sales are down, doesn’t mean the craftiness is slowing down. Not at all, actually! Lots of requests for special orders have been coming my way… mostly from family and friends who are then spreading the word. so THANK YOU to those wonderfully supportive people in my life!
This week I am working on all things Sesame Street for my nephew’s 1st birthday party which is next weekend! You’ll find me buried among Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Grover… banners, signs and wall decorations using my Sesame Street Friends Cricut Cartridge.
Coming up right after the party festivities I have some frame orders to complete.
And THEN…. I get to work on my first wedding projects for someone other than my family! I made all the invitations and programs for my sister’s wedding 2 years ago and haven’t done anything else for weddings besides making albums and personalized home decor. So, I am SUPER excited that a dear friend asked me to make her wedding invitations and guest book for her upcoming wedding! Sooooo looking forward to working on these for her!!!
So there you have it my friends… crafty craziness is in full swing!
Let me know what you think! Any ideas for getting my pieces out there?
Would love to hear what you have to say!
Now I know you’ve all been chomping at the bit since my post “STAY TUNED…”, wondering what fun things happened last week. I am slightly afraid that I let the anticipation build up more than I should have for what I find fun and exciting news may not be held in the same regards as you my friends!
But… here goes….
1.)I finally started to feel better!!!! After feeling down right awful from kidney stones wreaking havoc on my body for nearly 2 weeks, I passed FIVE stones! Yep, you read that right. FIVE STONES. Now for those of you that have never experienced stones, let me tell ya….worst.ever. most.excruciatingly.awful.pain. THANKFULLY, I have a high tolerance for pain because I quite simply don’t have the funds to go to the ER every time I have pains, only for them to charge me out the wazoo for a whole lotta nothing. While dealing with them is no easy task, I am extremely thankful that I am able to pass the stones myself all in due time!!! That my friends is cause for celebration!!!
2.)I was able to relive some of my most awesomely favorite childhood memories on Wednesday night! My lil sis, two childhood friends and two others lived it up at the NKOTBSB concert!
YA, I know…. a bit cheesy, but I’m not afraid to admit the fact that I thought it was a fantastically fun show to see! Our reason for going was solely to see the New Kids on the Block as we did when I was in 5th and 6th grades. They sang ALL the songs we grew up loving and then more recent songs. It’s oddly strange and refreshing to know that as a nearly 33-year-old gal, I can instantaneously revert to an 11-year-old version of myself singing along and screaming for the “kids” that clearly turned into men somewhere along the way. This show brought back sooooooooo many fun and silly memories from our days of claiming one of the fellas as our boyfriends and putting on shows for our family, friends and neighbors at our summer birthday parties. I must say though, that it was kinda funny thinking about us actually being there for another concert… I at almost 33 and my lil sis being 8 months preggers! We were not alone… mostly ladies our age and lots of other gals were preggers too. Sis was a trooper for sure…not sure that I’d have been able to do it myself!!! TONS OF fun and more great memories from NKOTB!
There was a moment when I thought of a blogging buddy during the concert. Didn’t even see it coming though I should have anticipated it seeing as the New Kids are from Boston… The concert took place the same night as the Stanley Cup Championship game. My friend Donna, over at the Redneck Princess is a DIE HARD Canucks fan and darn proud of it! I had even commented to her earlier that day, that I had a good feeling her fellas were gonna pull off a win that night because I WOULDN’T be watching. Thought for sure they had it in the bag…. that was until NKOTB came out sporting their Bruins gear and said that they were winning 3-0. Donna, I thought of you immediately and will say my heart sunk for ya! :(
3.) I generally consider myself to be one of the most “unlucky” people ever known to walk the face of the earth. While I am lucky to have my family, friends, a job, home, car, etc. I am not a person who wins things EVER. I refuse to play the lottery because I don’t even win on scratch off tickets… I have never been to a casino seeing as I can’t even win stinking tickets at Dave and Busters! But this week my friends my luck changed a bit! And believe it or not, it involved Facebook!!! The lovely Jonathan Michael’s Boutique was sponsoring a contest to win a Kenny Chesney Tailgate Party Package worth $600. This beautiful little shop is partially responsible for feeding my Vera Bradley Addiction and many of the charms on my Pandora bracelet charms… Visiting the shop is a dangerous, dangerous thing for me! Great for the lovely ladies that work there though!!! Forgive as I digressed….
All you had to do was post on their wall what summer means to you…
Believe it or not, I kept it short and sweet ( I know you’re thinking it’s impossible, but really I did!) Here’s the proof!
Now, my friends it was a shot in the dark. JMB has a very loyal clientele, coming from far and wide. ( I’m a firm believer that the owner makes a business and let me tell you, this gal is a true peach. Customer service is #1 there!) They’ve got a phenomenal reputation in the community, without a doubt! I was one of many hopefuls to share their thoughts on summer via Facebook. I crossed my fingers, but really didn’t think anything of it.
The other night I got an email notification from a co-worker saying “Yay! Congrats Megan!”…. Huh? What is she talking about? SO I get on FB to see what the deal is and….. I WON THE TAILGATING PACKAGE! Wooo hooooo!!!
I couldn’t believe it! Absolutely, completely thrilled!
I then became even more excited when I realized that Zac Brown Band is going to be there also! July 2nd is gonna be a BLAST!!! Now I just have to figure out who’s coming with! Any takers out there? ;) Ha ha!
A HUGE thank you to Jane and Jonathan Michael’s Boutique for such an awesome surprise! Can’t wait to share pictures Monday I get to pick up my goodies and then the countdown begins to July 1st ( my first day of vacation!!!!) and July 2nd which is the concert!!!