Check out these awesome #DIY lanterns!

I love do-it-yourself projects. My precious M is the one that started the #DIY craze in this household. She started with her bedroom and now she is helping me with the living room, kitchen and L’s bedroom. Her projects turn out so adorable and it is a frugal way to decorate the house.

My co-worker gave me two of these Teavana tins.



I didn’t know what we would do with them, so I brought them home to M and she immediately said: “Mom, let’s make lanterns.” Lanterns never crossed my mind but I was intrigued with the idea. She thought they would look cute on the coffee table. All she asked me, what color did I want them?

DIY Lanterns


Didn’t they turn out great? It brings a pop of “Spring” color to the living room. The pop of color comes at a great time with Spring just right around the corner. It has been a very cold winter. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. The beauty it brings and the peaceful feeling, but I do love the Springtime temperatures and the refreshing feeling.

Teavana DIY Lantern


She put water in the tins and put them in the freezer. This allowed her to make the nail holes. After letting the ice thaw, she painted the tins. We put a battery operated tea-light candle in the tins. It is such a cozy feeling in the evenings.

It is amazing what a recycled product can turn into. I’m in love. I can’t wait to see her next project.

No Business Like Snow Business!

It is snowy here in North Carolina. We are loving every minute of it, except I wish that I didn’t have to go to work. The girls spreading cheer and laughter in our backyard. Can I just skip work and sled with them? It sure is tempting!



All the neighborhood kids are enjoying our backyard because of the great sledding hills. I couldn’t be happier. This is what life is all about. Seeing kids enjoy themselves and spreading great cheer. You hear all the bad news and it is good to just enjoy family time.


My handsome husband makes sure that I have a clear path to get to work. Each morning, he will go out and warm the vehicle so I can get in a nice warm seat. Love those heated seats on these very cold mornings. As each day goes by, we grow closer and closer in our marriage. I am grateful!

Our doggies are sure enjoying the snow as well. They love to just run and run through the snow. Along the way, they will stop and eat the snow as well. It is a joy just to watch them run free.


My body yearns for the snow. Sitting in the house with my family and watching the snow fall is pure happiness. My heart swells and I just could jump up and down. Now, please can we get a snow storm on the weekend so I can enjoy sledding? :)

Making Memories as a Mom

This is one of my goals for 2015. Last year, I felt like I just did enough. I would come home from work, hit the homework, make dinner, wash dishes and crash. What kind of memories was I making? Organization is a factor that will be helping me this year.

Each weekend, I sit down and write-out our 7-day dinner plan. This helps me prepare each morning and load up the crock pot for dinner that day. Also, my oldest daughter M is helping me so much with meals each day. Growing up, my brother and I taught ourselves how to cook and now I am passing on those tools of trade to M.

The evenings I plan to make more memories with the girls instead of ships sailing by each other in the night. M had dance tonight so L and I decided to surprise her and Daddy with cookies when they walked in the door.

Mom and Sis

The surprise was a great treat! L was learning to cook and it was good bonding time for us both. These are the memories I want to continue to create with my girls and they will be able to look back when they are older. The memories of Mommy just passing in the wind during the evenings are not memories that I want to instill in their brain and hearts.

Here’s to many more Mom memories in 2015!

FROZEN Will Be Aboard Disney Cruise Ships This Summer!

Frozen Disney Cruise

Big news for FROZEN fans! I just have to say that I cannot wait for another FROZEN movie. This was one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. As we wait for the next movie, we can all enjoy our FROZEN pals on a Disney Cruise.

Highlights include a spectacular deck party, a new production number in “Disney Dreams,” new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and another way to cool down on Castaway Cay. I’ll share some details on these exciting offerings today, and over the next several weeks, tell you more about what you can expect in summer.

A Day of Frozen Fun, Including New Deck Party
Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests are transported to the land of “Frozen” when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland and a day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle. The deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” is a family-friendly interactive celebration featuring the famous royal sisters and their fun-loving Nordic companions.

New Production Number in “Disney Dreams”
Our friends from “Frozen” are making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In our original production, “Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic,” Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring “Frozen” characters include renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

Olaf Disney Cruise

Magical Meet and Greets
In addition to warm hugs, Olaf will be giving autographs and taking photographs with children and families while he is cruising with us. He is joining Anna and Elsa on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic for some fun in the sun!

Adventures Ashore in Norway
This summer in Norway, the land that inspired Arendelle from “Frozen,” Disney Magic cruisers will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring this fairytale setting to life. One signature adventure ashore in Ålesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

Olaf’s Summertime Freeze on Castaway Cay
We’re cooling down Castaway Cay with the addition of Olaf’s Summertime Freeze bar! Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks in souvenir cups, the creative menu features refreshing beverages such as “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.” Olaf’s Summertime Freeze will be near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

With this news, I am ready to go on a cruise right now! What about you?

Where do I go in 2015?

I blinked and 2014 was gone. My most favorite time of the year and it is in the past. The month brought forth much joy but was so busy. Recent conversations around the lunch table had me sharing my woes about December being gone. I do apologize for not sharing here on the blog. I am back in 2015! Did you miss me?


No more overtime at work means more time for blogging. My heart craves this outlet. My thoughts need to be typed. As days go by in 2015, the big question is where do I go in 2015? I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life career wise. As many know, my favorite job is being a mom. My girls are my world. I am speaking of my career job. Every step I take each day, I am hoping leads to a solid future and foundation for my family. The girls are looking up to me. Lord, please guide and direct me to be the example I need to be for them. This is my prayer each night. Where will the Lord guide me in 2015?

As of April 30th, I will finish college again! I will walk with degrees in Business Administration and Logistics Management. Couple these degrees with Information Technology Diploma, Certificates in Software Specialist, Marketing, and Database Management. My mind looks at each of these and I’m not sure what to do? God has a plan, I just have to be patient. Naturally, I want to know the plan. God’s words help me focus on him.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

He is clearly at work in my life as I am not sure how I could have went through the last few years without him by my side. Each time I worry, He scoops me up and shows me that everything will be just fine. Our Lord is really the truth and the light. He will not steer us wrong. My eyes are focused on Him as I am excited to see what He will do with me in 2015. Will I stay in NC? I don’t know. God does and I am hoping He will show me the plan soon. I am so impatient.

Much love and I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with my blogging family!


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