Baby Girl Shower

I’m excited to take you on a tour of a baby shower for one of my friends…

My friend, I’ll refer to her as D, has 3 boys.  She was expecting a GIRL, so I wanted to make the theme of the shower very PINK & GIRLY.

I added 2 pink bottles {gift for D}, some pink & white curly ribbon and tulle to this wreath I already owned. {all supplies purchased at Dollar Tree} {Used a pink pipe cleaner to attach to wreath}

As you come into our home, the first room you see is on the right, our dining room. {I haven’t decided on a different paint color yet, for those of you who know I have been wanting to change the paint color in here.}  I found the sign and thought it would be PERFECT for decor and to give as a gift.  D can hang it up in the baby’s nursery.

These poms {my daughter likes to call them puffs} are easier bought than made.  Believe me, it’s difficult to find tissue paper large enough in bright pink and lime to make them.  Let alone, making them is way trickier than you think. {mine were a major flop!}  I found these at Party City.  They came in a package of 3: one pink, blue and green.  I think they were around $6 a package…DH bought them for me.  Be warned, however, you have to fluff them.  These poms are popular and I know why.  I believe they add a fun & wispy atmosphere to the decor.

The reason you DO NOT see my dining room table with the food we served…I forgot to insert my SD card in the camera.  Please don’t make the same mistake I did.  I went around snapping LOTS of photos of the spread without my SD card.  I didn’t realize this until the food was gone.  Sigh…see…keeping things real.

Menu:

  • Petite Quiches
  • Watermelon
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wafer Cookies
  • Relish Tray – Black Olives, Green Olives & Pickles
  • Vegetable Tray with cut up Petite Cucumbers & Carrot Sticks
  • Pink Punch
  • Cake

I made this above banner to hang in the entry of the dining room with scrapbook paper.  It’s as easy as cutting out triangles and hot gluing them to a ribbon.  However, the banner adds another special touch, which again, D took home to hang in her girl’s new room.

This metal tree adorns my small semi circle console table in the foyer.  I added these cute pink baby girl party favors.

I placed my vase into this small wicker baby bassinet for the floral center piece of the table.  All flowers, except for the hydrangeas were given to me by DH for Mother’s Day.  They still looked lovely so I added them with some hydrangea blooms I cut from my bush.

Do you see the pretty runner I used on my newly painted china cabinet?  It is a wall panel folded up.  It will be so cute hung in D’s nursery.  I am loving the chalk board on dishes scenario I have been eying all over Pinterest & blog land.  I bought a white plate at the dollar store, covered it with saran wrap, cut out a circle with a craft knife and spray painted some chalkboard paint {I already had} on the plate.  The paint bled a little bit, so I would recommend the chalkboard paint you use a brush to paint on instead of the spray paint. {fortunately you can’t tell in this photo}  I added the monogram of the baby’s name with chalk.

The rectangular plush ornament you see hanging is a cute door knob sign which states if the baby is asleep or awake. {another gift}

The cake was made by my talented friend, The Caker Baker.  She has skills!  So anyone local, look her up here.  Bonnie has been my cake maker for the last several birthday parties.  Not only are her cakes exquisitely decorated but they are magically delicious!  The best cake I have ever tasted!  Since I am a visual person, all I have to do is send her a photo of what cake I want and she will duplicate it!  The other special aspect included was the ability to use my beautiful milk glass cake stand.  It is a family heirloom {Thank You Aunt T.} and I was delighted to add the satin pink ribbon.

Pinterest was my friend in this baby shower endeavor.  I was able to use many of the ideas I have pinned in the past including the above balloons.  Take a needle and thread to sew the balloon ties for a lovely balloon garland without helium!  Below you will see I hung them to the entry way of our living room.

This table was dedicated to Wisdom & Wishes for D & her baby girl.  I gathered up some branches to add to a glass vase with white decorative rocks {$1}.  I used the Cricut to cut out the birds from scrapbook paper.  Guests wrote their wisdom & wishes on the birds which were attached to the branches using tiny wooden clothes pins.  The tiny clothes pins were in the craft section of Wal-Mart.  D took home the Wisdom & Wishes Birds.

On the above chalkboard paint plate you can see how the spray chalk board paint bled outside the saran wrap.  I will eventually repair this plate by buying some brush on chalkboard paint.  I meant to do it before the shower, but ran out of time.  Hey, it’s not perfect, but it’s good enough.  Fortunately, no guests pointed it out. 😉

Above is D admiring the sweet, beautiful dresses for her baby girl.  I can’t wait to see them on her at church. 😀

I love the name D picked out for her baby girl, don’t you?  Her name is Grace Joy, but they will call her Gracie.

The banner: in keeping with my love of chalkboard, I used some left over chalkboard labels for her first name, Gracie. {They were from my playroom closet organizing project}  I didn’t peel and stick the labels.  I just attached the label onto the ribbon using the small clothes pins.  The pink and purple pieces of cloth behind the name are baby washcloths {gifts to D.}  Since I didn’t have enough of the labels to do her middle name, I cut out some black card stock in the same size as the labels.  I still used chalk to write the letters on the labels including the black card stock.  Stencil letters helped me make the lettering for GRACIE accentuating her first name.  I wrote her middle name JOY free hand.

I want to say a little bit about D.  I admire her so much.  She is a rock star {not literally} Mom.  I appreciate her spiritual strength and dedication to her family.  She has been a wonderful friend to me and I hoped this baby shower somehow displayed my love &  gratitude for her.

I know sometimes people don’t hold baby showers for women who already have 3 kids.  But let me remind you, a baby shower is not primarily for outfitting the family of baby items.  A baby shower is a celebration.  It is a party celebrating a new life coming into the world.  Not only that, celebrating WITH the person with whom we care for.

After the shower was over D shared something with me.  This was her first baby shower.  She said her work held a luncheon for her before her first boy was born.  Otherwise, there was not a baby shower with a cake, games, etc. held in her honor for her previous 3 children.  When she told me this I was surprised, but grateful that a loving Heavenly Father inspired me to hold this special baby shower for her & Gracie.  Everyone deserves to have a baby shower.

Many of the decorating ideas you see in this post are not original.  This is important.  There is nothing wrong with duplicating good ideas.  If I see something I like, and think I can do it, I will do it.  Sometimes I add my own twist on the idea, but it is not wrong.  Ideas shared on blogs, Pinterest and other social media are there for this purpose.  However, it is crucial and polite to give credit to the original source of the idea.

Sources: Leslie from Goodbye, House. Hello Home! Kara from Kara’s Party Ideas {Thank You Leslie & Kara :)}

Grace Joy was born Monday, June 4th at 8:03 AM.  She was 7 lb. 2 oz.

Babies Bring Joy,

Confessions Of A Frazzled Housewife & Cleaning Tips

Gulp…

I don’t know about you, but it’s this time of year when I want to throw in the towel.

It’s crazy.  It’s madness.

Last week we had 2 band concerts and 1 band banquet.  This week I have been preparing for Mother’s Day, summer baseball meeting, preparing for my youngest Daughter’s Birthday party and there’s a field trip tomorrow.  Next week is the last week of school for our kids.  I begin to be anxious about my days of uninterrupted time being numbered {4 days now.}

My youngest just called & requested I bring her some more lunch money. {I lost some time…read on to understand}

Sigh…I was about to share how I need to focus my time today on cleaning my house.  Honestly, I don’t mind CLEANING, it’s the clutter pick up I can’t stand.  As I have mentioned before, this is my hang up, my snag, my difficulty.  The house is worse than it has been in a while because we have all been so busy.  Anyway, if you are reading this and are a prayer person, please pray I can focus on cleaning today.  I can easily get distracted and want to end up organizing {because it needs to be done too} or doing other stuff.  Please pray I can CLEAN my house before I go pick up my kids from school at 3pm.  Tomorrow my Daughter is having her birthday party here and since I will be chaperoning her field trip, I won’t be able to clean tomorrow.  It will be a MIRACLE for this to be done.  Seriously.  The only time this ever happens is when a housekeeper comes…and again I still haven’t hired a new one.  I guess it will take a day like this one to motivate me to set up some interviews.  Oh, and while your praying, can you ask God to please help my family KEEP it clean?  Yes…I know…I’m asking for a miracle, but I know the power of prayer.

Anyway, in celebration {HA!} of my massive house cleaning overhaul, I am sharing some cool cleaning pins/tips with you today:

Source: picklee.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

Vanilla Extract 101 – Clean the microwave and leave it smelling sweet with this household trick! Mix 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a microwave-safe container, and zap it on high for five minutes. When it’s done, remove the container and wipe down the interior of the oven. Any gunk should slide right off.

Source: ideas.thenest.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

This is also on my to do list…so genius…Tension rod to hang spray bottles…thank you, hallelujah!

Source: smg.photobucket.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

Great TIP…How to Remove Scratch Marks from Dishes.

Source: momoutnumbered.blogspot.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

THIS WORKS…Baking Soda and Peroxide Cleaning Solution.  I’ve done this on a pan that was over 10 years old and it looks almost new again!

Source: onegoodthingbyjillee.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

I need to check this out: {another day, not today ;)}

Keep your house clean (yes, deep cleaned, even!) with one chore per day, includes a printable list.

Source: funcheaporfree.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

Please don’t hate me for not crediting back to the blog instead of the pin, but I’m short on time…I got to get cleaning!  I appreciate all prayers today.

Keeping it REAL,

Teacher Appreciation Gift Extravaganza

My kids only have 2 more weeks of school.

Summer is RAPIDLY approaching.  This year went by crazy fast!

I enjoy looking around the blogosphere to see what special teacher gift ideas are circulating.

I chose some of my favorite teacher gifts I found to share with you today:

Baskets, Pots & Bag

Top LeftSummer In A Basket Created by the talented Dandee.  She included a Fizze Drink, cute paper straw, Essie Nail Polish, gift card & snack.  It’s all placed in a cute basket with a simple chalkboard tag with the teacher’s name on it.

Middle Left – Simple red bucket you can find at the dollar store filled with unfrozen Popsicle and a cute tag tied with ribbon.  Created by creative gals at Eighteen25 but you can find the FREE printable tag here.

Bottom Left – Mariah {pretty name} from Giggles Galore shared her Thanks For Helping Me Grow.  This would take a little more time, but still would not be very expensive.  I love the chalk board paint making it simple to personalize the bottom of the pot and the cute way she painted the top to look like a ruler.  Add some flowers and what a special gift.  She added a store gift card, but not necessary.

Bottom MiddleGift From The Whole Class is the title Family Fun uses for this gift.  Here is another cute way to express your appreciation using a flower pot and making your own pocket flowers and filling them with store gift cards.  It looks like they used the seed packet wire holders to make the stems…great idea and so adorable!

Bottom RightMartha Stewart reminds us how easy it is to monogram a cute tote bag.  Use fusible iron on tape to adhere the fabric letter.

Top RightABC Basket was created by Fairy Tales & Fun.  This is a great idea to involve all the students in the class to pitch in.  Assign a letter of the alphabet to each child.  Ask them to bring something for the basket that begins with that letter.  She made cute labels and attached them to the items.  Again, you could find a super cute tub or basket to place the items in to make a wow impact.

Thirst Quenchers: Tumblers & Pop

Top – Pro-Crafter Lisa Storms shares this refreshingly unique gift.  Add some lemonade packets to some cute Tumblers and top it off with her FREE adorable straw tags.

Bottom LeftBeth-A-Palooza calls this Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! Adorable tag made out of an apple die-cut added to a bottle of Pop.  Simple but sure to leave an impression.

Bottom RightThe Irresistibly Chic Shop over at Etsy is selling these Custom Teacher Tumblers.  If you want to make your own, it would be super easy to do.  I did this for a birthday gift recently.  Add your teachers name with some sticker letters to make a customized tumbler your teacher will use over and over.

Small But Sweet

TopFamily Fun always has super ideas and has named this one Clap Happy.  I like how you can involve your child in the gift giving process.  Trace their hands, cut them out and adhere them to a bottle of lotion or sunscreen.  Have your child write the sweet message on the hand.  The hearts add a sweet sentiment but not necessary if you are short on time.

Bottom Left – Lori from A Place Called Joy included this sweet and simple “Mint” teacher appreciation gift in her post.  Grab a tin of mints, wrap with paper and add a cute tag saying: “You were MINT to teach”  Just precious!

Bottom Right – Happy to find the brilliant Domesticated Lady with her Smore Teacher Appreciation Gift.  Great little gift bag including all the necessary ingredients to make a Smore.  The cute tag makes the gift saying: “We need SMORE teachers like you!”  Better yet, you can print the tag out for FREE!  Talk about a speedy gift sure to satisfy your teachers sweet tooth!

I’m a huge advocate in showering our teachers with gifts.  Teachers are under paid and under recognized.  I believe giving a small gesture of our appreciation  goes a long way.  Click on the words/links highlighted in red to see more information about the gift.

You can see what we have given our teachers previously {more ideas} by clicking here.

What are you giving your kid’s teachers to show your appreciation?

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Teacher’s bring JOY,

The Beauty in Weakness

It’s been a LONG time since I wrote on my blog as sort of a journal entry.  I say sort of because I would never write on here exactly everything I would write in my personal journal {or would I?}  However, an online friend of mine has reminded me of the value of doing so.

A voice in the back of my mind is always telling me, “people don’t want to hear about you.  They don’t want to hear about your struggles, your imperfectness.”  “I don’t blame them,” I say/think back to the voice in my mind.  I guess part of the problem is the way I use other blogs.  I use/read blogs as motivation or inspiration…to make me better.

Unless I truly know a blogger, whether by meeting them in person at a conference or by getting to know them on their blog/online, I tend not to read personal posts about a blogger.  Mainly it’s a time thing.  I limit the amount of time I’m online {because I’m trying to keep a balance.}  I’m pretty sure I spend way too much time on my blog posts as it is…trying to make them just right.  {For some reason I haven’t learned that the posts I spend the least amount of time on are the ones that receive the most traffic.  It doesn’t make sense to me.  It’s just me & my personality, I guess.}  Anyway, after doing this I don’t have a lot of patience to stay at the computer.  Besides, I have a household and family to manage.

Leftover's from Playroom Closet Organizing sitting on the stairs

Speaking of managing a household…mine is a mess.  Ever since my housekeeper quit, it’s been difficult to keep up.  Even so, I can’t seem to pick up the phone and call some recommendations from others I have received.  I need to.  You see, it is my weekly visit from the housekeeper that motivates me to get my rear in gear.  It’s an ADD thing.  I hate to feel as though I’m making an excuse but, it is what it is.

THE book

It was my very first housekeeper years ago after having my second child {once a month back then} who helped me realize I had ADD.  This is the deal.  The housekeeper is supposed to be helpful to a Mom; doing household chores to help alleviate some tasks needed to be done.  For me, I dreaded her coming.  Why?  Because I had to clear the clutter, before she came over, so she could clean.  I would run around the house like a chicken with my head cut off not only before she arrived, but also while she was there.  I wasn’t sitting on the sofa relaxing and reading a magazine.  I was always just as winded as her when she left the house.  After a few months of her observing me, she recommended a housekeeping/organizing book for me to read.  The book had a whole chapter on ADD.  After reading the book and talking about it with a professional, I received the diagnosis of Inattentive Attention Deficit Disorder.  It has been liberating to realize why I do the things I do.  Medicine has been a lifesaver, but it doesn’t always make the frustration any better of my incapability to finish projects, say things out loud that I shouldn’t,  being oversensitive and the list continues.

This mess has been here for months

More leftovers from Playroom Organizing in the kitchen

I still have to clear the clutter before a housekeeper comes over.  Nothing is new there.  However, it is a motivator to do it.  And since that motivator has not been here…well, I should be very well aware my house is going to be a little cluttered.  Problem is,  if I let it go too long, let the clutter pile up, which is what I have done, the monster I hate comes.  The monster I’m referring to is called Overwhelmed.  When he comes it’s hard to know where to begin.  Do you know this monster?  I can’t stand him.  However, it’s my own fault.  I pretty much invited him in.  Thus begins the shame cycle I inflict on myself.  This only snowballs into depression and boy am I realizing I need to make some phone calls!

I am struggling right now NOT to push the delete key and erase this whole post as the voice in my head says, “No one is going to read your blog now.  They know you’re a failure.  They know your weaknesses.  They probably stopped reading this post when you said how you don’t like to read other blogger’s personal posts. {reminder: bloggers I don’t know}  That was rude, you know.”  So if you have read thus far, please know I was not trying to be rude.  I was only trying to explain myself.

Honestly, I would love to read other blogs all day and leave a comment of encouragement for each one.  I hardly ever read a post and not comment because that is who I am.  Reason is…YOU are a person.  You have value.  You aren’t just words.  I don’t comment in the hopes you come visit my blog and comment…even though I completely welcome that.  I comment because I know the power of how uplifting it is for me, personally when someone takes the time to say something, however small.  It is a conversation between 2 people.  Connecting is important to me.

Past time to file...ugh.

Have you noticed how random I’ve been in this?  How I go from one topic to another?  Yep, another sign of my weakness.  Just yet another reason NOT to do this very often.

Back to my online friend I spoke of earlier.  Yesterday, I visited Angela’s blog, Button Bird Designs, in hopes of finding a craft I could work on.  I was in need of some crafting therapy.  She is crazy talented and always inspires me with her artistry, creativity & thinking outside the box.  Angela authentically shared her thoughts about how she sees herself.  I was caught off guard at how similar thinking I have engaged in.  Then I read the comments and instantly thought, “I’m not alone.”  Comfort.

Top of my dresser...can't believe I'm showing you this.

There is beauty in sharing with others our weaknesses, in being authentic, open and honest.  To me it is like a breath of fresh air.  None of us are perfect.  We all have trials, struggles, weaknesses.  To me, it’s way better to know up front if a person is trying to be real and not cover up their faults.  I feel way more comfortable with someone who is this way, then with someone who is trying to cover up or hide what they aren’t good at.  A friend once told me, “With you, it’s what you see is what you get.”  I took that as a compliment and still do.

All photos were taken today. :(

This is me,

Chalk Board Truth

Making Friends…A Lost Art?

After attending BlissDom I am reevaluating who I am.

“Huh?” You might be thinking.

It’s interesting.  I’ve always thought of myself as an extrovert.  In job interviews I would confess I’m a people person.  It’s true.  I love people.

When I look back on my life, I recall a turning point.  Speech class in 8th grade opened up a new side of me.  I don’t remember if I chose to take the class or if it was required.  All I know is I was much more reserved before taking speech.  I learned I enjoyed speaking in front of a group of people.  I think this new found knowledge contributed to me gaining more confidence in who I am.  In a way, I think I was more of an introvert before taking Speech.  I didn’t have lots of friends but would have a handful of really close friends.  I was fine with this.  I can’t say after 8th grade I became the most popular girl in school.  That is definitely not what I’m saying.  I was just more open to talking to people and making friends.

Let me fast forward to present day.  On the first leg of my flight home from Nashville {where BlissDom is held} on Sunday I sat next to Melanie Nelson.  She was the speaker for the session I attended titled “3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Grow Your Facebook Fan Page.”  I was so excited to find out she lives in the same state as me {about 2 hours away.}  Melanie is very genuine and kind.  She has a book about Facebook coming soon.  We talked about so many different subjects.  One subject in particular has prompted this post.  Funny thing is it has nothing to do with Facebook, my blog, or anything relating to social media {even though we did discuss these topics.}  I was sharing with her how mentally drained I was from the conference.  She asked, “Are you an extrovert or an introvert?”  I was kind of surprised she asked me this question and paused before answering.  “I’ve always looked at myself as an extrovert,” I replied.  She explained to me the difference between extroverts and introverts.  I will summarize what she said: extroverts are people who become energized after being around lots of people.  When introverts are around a lot of people they are not energized.  Instead, introverts feel as though energy is taken away from them.

This made me think.  Am I an extrovert?  I do have instances when I feel energized after being around a lot of people.  Usually this happens when I’m around people I trust or I feel comfortable being with.

There were about 700 bloggers at BlissDom.  The friends I made last year at BlissDom did not attend this year.  So in a way, it was like I was new again.  There were a few girls I friended on Instagram I knew were attending and hoped to meet them.  There were a few other friends I made on Twitter I was hoping to meet as well, but again, I had not met them in real life.  Otherwise, I was going into a conference without truly knowing anyone. “That’s okay, I’m a people person.  I’ll make new friends, ” I thought.

I now need to add another aspect to this scenario of thoughts.  I have written about this before, but it is a very sensitive matter.  I don’t have a handful of close friends anymore.  I’ve lived in the same place now for 5 years and don’t have any real close friends.  There are 3 girls I really connected {consider good friends} with who have moved away.  However, living here has made me less confident in my friendship making skills.  Don’t get me wrong, I have friends/acquaintances who are kind and talk to me when I’m out and about.  It’s just not the same.  The upside of this has given me an opportunity to be closer to my kids and immediate family.

Back to the conference…I left feeling drained.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it tremendously.  There were many instances in which I felt uncomfortable, though.  It was usually in the evening and I would end up sitting by myself.  Fortunately, I would eventually find someone I had met and try to mingle.  I just don’t like social situations like this.  I never have.  So maybe I’m not an extrovert?  Or is it possible to be an extrovert and turn introvert?  Or in my case, introvert turned extrovert turned introvert…???  I don’t know, maybe I don’t have to label myself.  It’s just a little weird.  You know me, analytical Shan.  Hey, I come by it honestly being my parents are both Social Workers. {Love you Mom & Dad!}

I also began to think about how social media has impacted having real life friends versus virtual ones.  How often are you getting together with real friends and talking to them face to face?  Has Facebook and other sites like it cut down on our real life interactions with people?  Honestly, for me, because of my predicament and where I live, I don’t think I would be a very happy person without social media.  This blog, it’s Facebook page, my personal Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter help me to feel connected with people.  I could get really lonely living in this little town without hearing from you.  It is what it is.  My 3 kids are at school during the day.  At some point during that time period I would like to have interaction with another person who is not the checker at Wal-Mart.  But stop and think a minute…if you do have at least one good friend to confide in about whatever.  Please be grateful.  Friendship is so precious.  Get together with your friends, go to lunch, hang out, play a game.

Julie & Me

Speaking of friends, I did run into an elementary school friend who was there working at a vendor/sponsor booth.  It was fun to catch up with and see her again.  We had lost touch completely.  Good to see you again, Julie! :)

Me & Jenna

Bernice & Me

I am grateful for each and every one of the friends I made at BlissDom.  I finally met my Twitter friends Bernice of Living the Balanced Life & The Stressed Mom, Alicia of Confessions of a Snowflake {Wish we got a photo together, Alicia} and Jenna from Made More Beautiful.  All are beautiful women inside and out.

Me & Melissa

Melissa from Overwhelmed by His Blessings is my lovely fellow photographer/Instagram friend.  I wish she & I were able to spend more time together.  She was on the photo booth staff and had to work the whole conference.  I am very happy we met at the Photo Walk which was held first thing on Thursday.  {I’m really not taller than her.  I was on the step above her ;)}

Rachelle, Jean & Me

Friday Night I met two adorably creative girls at The Lorax Party: Jean from The Artful Parent and Rachelle from Tinkerlab.  They were kind enough to let me crash their photo after just meeting me since I was alone.  I am super excited to get to know them more on their blogs.  I am sure I can learn a lot of fun crafty stuff from them.  Love that!!

Saturday I met and had a wonderful conversation with Amy from Amy Volk.  She is darling and has a good listening ear.  We ended up talking about all kinds of stuff and have much in common.  She said she writes about simplifying our lives and organization…sounds pretty good to me!

I also met a girl who is living the life I once dreamed of in New York City.  Heather not only is an editor for Parents magazine, but has her own blog at High Chair Times where she writes about her adventures of feeding her Son.  I learned a lot talking to her and highly enjoyed her company at Girls Night In on Saturday night.  Heather & I also met Sara, talented technology guru of Technology for Moms.  Sara is a fun-loving character of a girl.  She and I laughed the night away {completely sober, btw ;)} while watching Paula Deen jump up and down on her trampoline on Oprah’s new show Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Last but not least, I met the awesome Megan Tietz from Sorta Crunchy.  I began ‘following’ her on Instagram not long before BlissDom.  We didn’t meet until after the conference was over on Sunday at the airport.  I was a little embarrassed because I was without makeup.  {had about 4 hours of sleep}  My flight left at 6:55 AM, so I was NOT putting on makeup.  Anyway, not the best first impression.  Fortunately, she seemed to like me alright despite the pale face. {Thank you, Megan ;)}  Megan & I sat next to each other on the 2nd leg of my flight.  Talking to both Melanie and Megan helped the flights buzz by.  Even better, they are from the state I live in!  I love that!  I look forward to possibly seeing both of them in the near future.

Even though I may not see all of these women in real life every day; I have the opportunity to visit them online.  Our BlissDom experience will be a special memory for me.

Hopefully the above mentioned women would say I haven’t lost my friend making skills. 😉  ???

Friends Bring JOY,