Owl Themed

I’m just now getting in the Fall spirit.  This is the first day it’s not supposed to be in the 80’s!  It’s currently 56, great running weather!  😉

This past weekend my youngest daughter and I pulled out some of the Fall decorations from the attic.  She’s not very happy that I don’t like to fill up our yard with tacky Halloween decor.  I’m just not a Halloween type of gal.  No offense to anyone who likes it.  You’d think with my love of fantasy and sci-fi that I would love it.  Go figure!

We got the crafty bug and wanted to make some Fall paper crafts.

We made these cute owls on Sunday:

These will go into a fall banner

Next thing I know, my daughter is handing me this precious card she made:

Front she stamped

Inside of card

Since I’m on an Owl kick today, might as well add one of my new favorite Owl City songs:

Linking Up:
Kids Activities Blog
Hooting it up,

Operation Get Fit {& Lose Inches!}



Oh how I love this poster!  I need to have it displayed next to my bed so I see it when I get up in the morning.  This is excellent motivation.

It all started with a well check at the doctors office.

Scratch, let’s back up a little.

It all started with Summer.  Yep, I don’t run in the Summer.  It’s too hot!  And this summer was just plain outrageously HOT!  So much so that taking a dip in our pool was like taking a bath, no thanks!  We had over 2 months with 100 degree temps or higher.  It still somewhat seems like summer in the afternoons here.  We haven’t left the 80’s yet, definitely doesn’t seem like Fall at all!  Thus the inevitable to happen…no exercise, gain inches.  For those of you who say, “why don’t you just run on a treadmill?”  To run on a treadmill is almost as bad as taking my finger nails out.  I can’t stand it…BORING.  Plus, I don’t run the same speed at every second or minute.

Back to the doctors office…blah, blah blah…they made me get on a stinking scale.  Yep, I gained 6 pounds in the last 3 months!  No wonder I can’t fit into any of my clothes!!  Who wants to buy new clothes that are a size up?  NOT ME, but I had to, otherwise I’d be wearing sweats every day.  It’s just not fun buying bigger clothes, I don’t care how cute they are!

Documenting My Run This Morning

This leads me to my new plan: Operation Get Fit!

I started Operation Get Fit today!  This morning was gorgeous and in the 60’s.  Dropped off the cutie at school & headed to the track.  I decided to start slow.  First and foremost, stretching is a must.  Afterward, my plan was to run one mile and walk one mile.  While running my mile, I passed 8 walkers and {told myself} everyone still in bed. {snicker}  Isn’t it amazing how positive thoughts and perspective can change your outlook and keep you motivated!!

BTW, I almost panicked when my ipod shuffle’s {with my running music} battery was dead.  It is almost impossible to run without music for me.  Instead of getting upset and using that as an excuse to not run, I pulled out my iPhone and powered up the Pandora App.  I found a wonderful station under the Workout Genre.  It’s called Alternative Endurance Training.  The songs had good beats for running and if any of the lyrics used bad language, I just pushed the thumbs down button and it started a new song.  Thank goodness for Pandora!  I was so grateful to have it to run to this morning!!! { Apple & Pandora aren’t paying me to say this 😉 }

So who wants to join me?

Every day this week (except Sunday):

Run 1 mile & Walk 1 mile

That’s not too much, huh?  I think it’s doable and it’s my goal for the week.

It always helps to have a friend to run with.  So who is with me?  We can keep tabs on one another and be each others cheer leaders.  Each week I will create a new running schedule.

If you are new to running, please check out the following important posts:

Running Motivation Techniques – Techniques to keep you running.

Out with the Old – All about the importance of proper running shoes which is KEY for injury prevention!

Motivation For Running 3 miles… – How music can help your running.

Last but not least, don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to link up your Family Memory Boards for the Family Memory Board Link Party.

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t gotten more links.  Surely almost every family has some sort of place where they display their photos?  Right?

I am very grateful for IHeart Organizing, Birds Party, Heart Break Kids and Sweetgirl Expressions who have graciously shared their unique creations with us.

You can see their boards and link yours up by clicking here.

Family Memory Board Link Party

Or you can click on this button

Hope to hear from you,


I will be the first to say how unbalanced my blog has been lately.  I look at my commitment to Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party as a valuable way to motivate me to beautify my home {besides working with some talented bloggers & making new friends.}  I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made, but didn’t realize how much time it would dominate.  The work alone is tiring.  Then I want the post to reflect the work I have put into the room.  Anyway, I want you to know I have not forgotten the real reason I blog…to celebrate our families. 🙂  I ran across the gem below on Pinterest and wanted to add the latest video from the wonderful Nielson Family.  If you haven’t heard the good news, they are expecting a new “lil peanut.”  Congratulations to the Nielson Family!


Please come back anytime to brag about your family, 😉

Once Upon A Song

I am happy to present the release of Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song.

The clickcast widget is rich in enchanted content for your family:

  1. Write Your Own Cinderella Story! Take our interactive quiz and make your own musical fairytale come true!
  2. Lip Sync Music Video Contest! Film a short YouTube video to the sounds of Lucy Hale’s song “Run This Town.” Dress up! Be creative!
  3. Achieve Your Dreams PDF! Download “Top 10 Ways to Stand Bright” and write your own goals!
  4. A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song! Sneak a peek of the Cinderella Story Three trailer!
  5. Stars of the Movie! Check out Lucy Hale take the quiz and Freddie Stroma and the gang lip sync along to the song!

{Hidden behind the veil of the fun content is a subtle, perhaps subconscious, message to your kids that says anything is possible if they follow their dreams.}

Break out the popcorn,

41 Reasons to Celebrate

Today I’m celebrating my Birthday by counting my blessings {not necessarily in any order}:

  1. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost
  2. My Life, Body, each day is a GIFT.
  3. The Scriptures
  4. My Parents
  5. My Husband & Eternal Companion
  6. My Children
  7. My Siblings
  8. My Extended Family & Ancestors
  9. My Friends
  10. My Blog and it’s Wonderful Readers…YOU!
  11. To Know I’m Loved
  12. Prayer
  13. Personal Revelation
  14. Miracles
  15. Music ~ Favorite CD: Mat Kearney’s Young Love
  16. My Church
  17. Makeup ~ to cover up my acne and wrinkles
  18. Facebook Birthday Wishes
  19. Birthday Cards
  20. My Camera
  21. Photos & Videos of memories documenting my life, my family & friends
  22. Technology ~ Iphone, Computers, Apple TV, Satellite TV, DVR
  23. Relatively Healthy Physically
  24. My Craft Room
  25. Books
  26. Movies
  27. Social Media ~ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest
  28. My Vehicle
  29. Laughter
  30. Electricity
  31. Our House
  32. My Scrapbooks & Journals
  33. Running Water/Plumbing
  34. Smiles 😀
  35. Talent‘s God has blessed me with
  36. Comments on my blog
  37. Random Acts of Kindness
  38. Birthday Text Wishes
  39. Finding Bubble Glasses I have been looking for 3 years on Foundary
  40. Birthday Gifts
  41. Comfy Shoes: My Asics, Borns & Merrells Comfy Clothes: Jeans & Cotton T-Shirts

Thank you for celebrating with me today,

I heart Young Love

Mat KearneyDo you remember the first album you purchased or were given?

I think I was about 8 when I received my first album.  For as long as I can remember, music has been a passion of mine.  I know I don’t thank my creator enough for the blessing of hearing.  The ability to hear {for people who have this sense} is something most of us take for granted.  I can’t imagine my life without music nor do I want to.

It is extremely rare to find an album where I like every single song included.  I am always happy, being the practical person that I am, when I like at least HALF the songs on the album.  This way I feel like I am getting my money’s worth. {snicker}  It is a huge disappointment when I purchase an album {because I like one song & think I will like most of the group’s music} and only like the one song they play on the radio.  Fortunately, these days we don’t have to purchase the album without sampling it online.

This month, on August 2nd to be exact, Mat Kearney released his new album, Young Love.

Who is Mat Kearney?

Mat Kearney LiveOregon born Singer-Songwriter plays acoustic folk with a twist of hip hop attracting a wide range of fans.  Mat moved to Nashville after his junior year at California State University to pursue music.  It was also at this time when Mat picked up a guitar for the first time. Using a roommate’s guitar, he tried covering other songs. Realizing he was not too good at it, he began writing his own. Though things were going well for Mat at school, Chico caught up to him. At a school known for its partying, Mat fit right in. In an interview, Mat said, “I guess I lived it up and did what everyone said you should do in college. I discovered the depth of depravity, the bleakness of that lifestyle. It just wasn’t working. I finally started understanding there must be more to life.” Mat continued, “God found me when I was at my lowest point. That was the first time in my life when I really felt like I understood who Jesus was- it was more than knowing about Him, I felt like He met me in that time and place.”

You might recognize the song Nothing Left to Lose.  This was the first song of Mat’s I heard and instantly fell in love with.  Many other people did too as it has sold over 500,000 copies and won numerous BMI awards.  All I Need is one of my favorite songs on his album Nothing Left to Lose as well.  It was written about 2 of his friends in New Orleans and their experience during Hurricane Katrina.  He did a beautiful job bringing emotion into this song.  All I Need was also featured on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS and began to chart on iTunes top 100 downloaded songs. It peaked at #94 on the Billboard Pop 100. {click on name of song to see music video of song}

Another song you probably know is the brilliant Closer to Love.  This song received airplay on both secular and Christian outlets.  However, one of my favorite songs from the same album, City of Black & White is Here We Go.

Mat’s songs have appeared on the following television series: 30 Rock, Dirty Sexy Money, Kyle XY, The Unit, Without A Trace, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Bones, Jericho, Friday Night Lights, Wildfire, What About Brian, South Beach, 8th & Ocean, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Closer, NCIS, Life Unexpected, Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries. His song Runaway is featured on the Soul Surfer movie soundtrack.

Both Nothing Left to Lose and City of Black & White are what I consider very good albums.  I have listened to both countless times and they always make me feel good.  Mat’s music is easy on the ears, just as he is easy on the eyes. {But I LOVE my husband…don’t get jealous, honey ;)}  Both albums are well worth the purchase and then some.  You never have to worry about the language of the lyrics.  They are family friendly albums. 😀

Mat Kearney’s new album, Young Love is amazing!  I LOVE every single song!  I was uber excited to listen to his new album after seeing Mat in at Blissdom Blog Conference. {Maybe you remember me talking about it back in January?}  If you have the opportunity to see him live, do it!  He sounds just as good live as he does in his recordings.  I have to tell you little more about his show at Blissdom.

Photo taken by www.angryjuliemonday.com

Picture this, small venue at one of the Bar’s in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  {You can tell how small when you see my photos included in this post}  The only people allowed into this bar/show were the Blissdom attendees who consist of 99% women.  It was funny.  After Mat sang his first song he says, “This has to be every man’s dream, right here.”  Later in the show he remarked, “I am pretty sure this is the most documented show I’ve ever done.”  Seriously, every where you looked women were on their phones tweeting about the show.  Honestly, I thought it was kind of on the rude side.  Fortunately, he knew who his audience (social media, nature of the business) was and had a very good sense of humor about it.  He spelled his name for everyone so they could follow him on twitter.  Me, can you guess what I was doing?  Of course…I was there with my camera taking shot after shot {trying to contain my dancing feet since nobody was dancing.}

The first time I listened to Young Love I caught my 8 year old daughter dancing around the pool to it.  She gives two thumbs up, too. 😉  I have listened to this album almost every day since it was released.  The lyrics are about love, marriage and family.  Guess that’s to be expected from a newlywed.  Congratulations to Mat & Annie who were married in June of 2010.  If you want to learn more about the talented Mat Kearney, including concert tour dates, go to his website www.matkearney.com or check out the special interactive widget below.

Place your cursor over the widget {photo} to see dots. Click on the dots to be able to:

  • See the Hey Mama music video
  • Get the Lyrics
  • Join Mat Kearney’s Facebook Page
  • Get your concert tickets to see Mat
  • Listen to Hey Mama

Sources: Wikipedia and Rhapsody

This unpaid review was written because I am a fan of Mat Kearney’s music.  All opinions expressed are my own. I am grateful my friends at One2One Network are sending me Young Love as a gift. It will be in my car CD player from now on. 🙂 Thank you One2One Network.

Music Brings JOY,