Sunday, March 4, 2018

Circus Weekend Fun Finds

Well, it looks like I'm running like two weeks behind on posting about anything!  One of these days I will get my act together.

The Love Circus had a fun weekend visiting the family a couple of weeks ago!  I love Chattanooga and know I'm right where I need to be, but it's tough being a ways away from my parents and my sister & her family.  I try to go back with the boys as much as I can to visit.  

We had such a nice visit!! Grandma was so kind to spend some QT with the grandkid boys, SO Crafty Southern Mandy and I even got to sneak away to pay a visit to one of our favorite places: HomeGoods!!

It was wild, Sunday afternoon. HomeGoods was at holiday shopping level - but we were brave.  We got our carts, and cut a path into the labyrinth of wonder that awaited us.  

Here are some of our fun finds:

For the Little Love Boys ~  
I think these bean bag chairs are so cute!! 

Joseph Love is a shark lover, and these sheets are so cute with the solids and gingham sharks!
These are cute storage chests that have cushioned tops, that would fit perfectly at the foot of a twin bed!

We had pillows on the brain!  
Having Love for a last name has endless benefits!

I love the Ralph Lauren Home items, these throw pillows were super cute, and the denim type fabric is so versatile.  The price was a wee bit higher than I would like to pay, sadly it did not go home with me 😢

HomeGoods is a great place to snag Lauren by Ralph Lauren king pillow 2 packs for a good price!

Deep love for coffee translated through cute wall art.
I bought this one, it was just $7.99!!

I LOVE these baskets, they come in three sizes and sometimes different color schemes.  I have them all over my house and they are great for decoration, toy storage, clothes hamper - you name it.  At $14-19 a basket, these are a great deal!!

I was digging this cute couch! I love the color and it's $499!

Mandy found a picture that looks like their dogs Blue and Marty!

This coat rack was on clearance for $10, and I knew as soon as I saw it that it must live in my house. 

What did I take home???
Pineapple coat rack AND the one of the several cute baskets living in my house!
Fun coffee print made it to the shelf, for now.

I also grabbed a two-pack of king-sized pillows for our bed 
(which we were needing in a bad way). 
(And, ahem, some cute shirts for myself too).
I mean, the TJ Maxx and HomeGood stores are attached to one another you can't visit one without visiting the other.

Thank you for enjoying our fun finds at HomeGoods!
I hope I can come up with some more fun finds to share soon.  Where do you go for your fun finds??

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fun Finds At Hobby Lobby

OH MY GOSH- I went to Hobby Lobby a couple of weekends ago to use a gift card I got for Christmas and I snapped some pictures of the things I was really loving for two reasons: 
1) I can't remember what I fell in love with on the other side of the store so I have to stop and review. 
2) I started to look at the list and thought, I might share this with our friends!! 

Here are a few items I picked up:

This is actually a garland I wrapped around twice and hung on the wreath hook.  I've been looking for something different and multi-seasonal. 
(side note: I really, really want to paint my front door)

I saw the bigger sign below (50% off) and really got excited about having a "pantry" sign over the pantry.  Then saw this little guy and thought it was more appropriate in size (also 50% off).

I have been wanting one of these since I saw it in a catalogue around Christmas ~ Pottery Barn maybe?? Anyway, this one is not the best quality, but the price was right so I was obliged to get it! 

This cool shelf was on sale, and I knew when I saw it that it would be perfect for this spot in our mud room (which is new to us, last year we took down a wall and opened this area up.  Still need to finish the floors and what not).   I am thinking of a variety of things in the little shelf holders, it's on the way to the pantry so I thought for sure one shelf could be for onions and another for potatoes, etc.  Also, I need to shop my house for something to hang above it here.

Here are some of the items I really liked, some I might try a little DIY action....

Larger "pantry" sign.

I like the white board calendar, need to thing about the best format to use for the fam.

No explanation needed.

They have lots of great scripture signs, in all shapes and sizes!!

Here is another :)
Starting to look for ideas for displaying different kid collections.

I liked the options on these window panels.

Cool metal wreath, I just love this look!! 
This fabric is needed in my home for some things (pillows, chair covers, shower curtain??).  
Also, I can see some crisp monograms on this! 
(Crafty Southern Mama Mandy I'm looking in your direction here.)

These chairs!  Marked down to $39!!! I don't know what I would do with them, but I love them!!

I'll be sure to share more fun finds soon!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hellooooo!! Love Circus Update!

Well, hello there!  I am glad to emerge from my circus tent to say hello to you all!

I've written multiple posts in my head.  I've thought about it so much, and have yet to slow down to share!!

So here is a top 5 of what has been showcasing at the circus:

1) Victor Love - Our dog-child Victor had to have surgery in January to remove a tumorous growth on his front paw.  The thing had doubled in size from Thanksgiving to the New Year!  Our vet advised that we needed to remove it to run tests to see if it was cancer.  It was a pretty stressful couple of weeks, but praise the Lord the results indicated that it was not cancer (but it still had to be removed and they had taken care of that in the initial surgery).  He's fully recovered and still milking it for all it is worth by sleeping in our bed every night.

2) Joseph Karate Batman Love's 6th Birthday was January 12th!  We went to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to celebrate, and had some fun, new experiences!  We like to go to Dollywood, but the park is closed January-Marchish so we decided to enjoy discounted off-season rates at the Dreammore Hotel and explore more of the area!  We went to the Aquarium of the Smokies which was super cool!  The boys really enjoyed the viewing tube (complete with people moving conveyor belts).  There is also a neat indoor playground for the kids, which mine really loved!  We also visited the Guinness World Records Museum.  The boys (and grown ups) had a lot of fun doing all of the challenges to see if they could match the world record.  I highly recommend a visit there!!
The weather was a bit rainy so we tabled going to Anakeesta and hope to try that next time we are there (which is looking like spring break for us).

3) Keeping track of personal and professional goals - So another big event over January is a bit of a work transition which has me taking on a bit more responsibility with the Bekah Cochran Team and it has definitely required solid planning.  We got new planners this year, and I have really come to love the format of this one!  We are still easing into the flow of things, and are really just taking it week by week.  Bekah always says "make sure your goals and your calendars match", and that really translates to all aspects of your life.  Writing it down on the calendar is a form of making an affirmation, and that is incredibly powerful.  

4) Keeping track of personal and professional goals Part 2:  More work-related time for me means refreshing the wardrobe a bit with some professional/work pieces and I'm pretty jazzed that I picked up this sweater from Cabi (I'm hosting a show in March and really looking forward to picking a couple of versatile pieces I can mix and match).  JCrew & JCrew Factory has had some delightful clearance sales since Christmas, and I have been piecing together some basics from the clearance.  Clearance is my love language.  
Me taking notes in coaching and wearing my new Cabi Trumpet Cardi

5) Rosemary Trip- We took a Bekah Cochran Team trip to Rosemary Beach, FL the first weekend of February to celebrate meeting sales goals in 2017!!  It was so much fun to spend time with these wonderful women (and Bekah's oh so precious 5 month old - lots of baby snuggling) in such a beautiful place!!  Side Note: I got this absolutely divine sweater by Barefoot Dreams at 
Patchoulis in Rosemary!  I have been wearing it A LOT (I am literally wearing it right now).

That's a tiny glimpse of what we've been up to lately, I cannot believe we are staring at March.  I am so energized and excited that signs of spring have begun here in Chattanooga!!  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our Teacher Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!!  I'm getting some work done at home today before heading to school for the Valentine Parties!!  

My boys aren't very much in to the whole Valentine thing right now, but I figure they will be one day soon.  I ordered these cool Valentines on Amazon for William to give to his class late last week and got them in on Saturday! 

Also on Saturday I picked up these cute cosmetic bags from Hobby Lobby to fill with some goodies for the boy's teachers!!  I filled them with: small size Thayer's Rose Water Witch Hazel Toner, individually wrapped Kleenex tissues, Burt's Bees Makeup Remover Wipes, small size Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo and some Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Lip Balm.  These are some of my favorite products, and I just wanted to share.

Yesterday, I popped into the local fly shop (Blue Ridge Fly Fishing) to pick up a gift card for ALove's Valentine's Day present.  Back in our younger days he used to fly fish quite a bit, and he's been wanting to pick up the rod again.  I really want to encourage him to get back in his waders!!

ALove gifted me a subscription to I love Jewelry monogram gifts ~ I am so excited to see what this entails and will share as soon as I get mine!!

I am planning to make chicken piccata for Valentine's Day Dinner tonight (along with some roasted brussel sprouts YUM). I have had chicken piccata on the brain lately! 

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentines Day ~ may it be what you want it to be 💕💕💕

Saturday, January 27, 2018

On ALove's Nightstand (What Kim's Man is Reading)

Hello, all.  Mandy and Kim asked me to write a short post about what I'm reading.  So without further ado...

"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"  Luke 4:4.  "It is written ...."  This is how Jesus responded each time He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness.  When the Jewish religious leaders challenged Jesus' actions, He often responded, "Have you not read...?"  In His darkest hour, when the Father had turned His face away from Him as he lay dying on the cross, Jesus had the words of Psalm 22 on His lips.  The Bible.  It's the very word of God, y'all.  Do not neglect it or regard it lightly.  Read something from it every day, even if it's only a verse.

Pastor Tim Keller recommends this in his book, Prayer (which I also commend to your reading).  If you've never used a Bible commentary before, this is a good introduction to them. It's a single volume commentary on the whole Bible, and it provides helpful historical and cultural context to the Biblical text. 

I am not a scientist, mathematician, or engineer.  But I like to build stuff and am interested in why things are the way they are.  If that describes you too, you may enjoy this book by J.E. Gordon, who was an an airplane engineer and later a professor of materials science at the University of Reading in England.  I picked up this book after reading an article on book recommendations from Tesla founder Elon Musk.  Not only does Professor Gordon explain structural engineering concepts in a way that a mathematically challenged person like me can understand, but he also does so with sustained, and characteristically British, dry wit.  Here's just one example:  "A deep, intuitive appreciation of the inherent cussedness of materials and structures is one of the most valuable accomplishments an engineer can have."  

Ten years ago, these men led SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser in Ramadi, one of the most violent battlefields in Iraq, to become the most decorated special operations unit from the war in Iraq.  (The "American Sniper", Chris Kyle, was a member of Task Unit Bruiser.)  Messrs. Willink and Babin took the leadership lessons learned from that highest-stakes environment and translated them into principles that we can all apply in any leadership role.  These men have unimpeachable credibility when it comes to leadership.  I recommend we listen.  

That's all for now.  Thanks for reading, and please let us know if you enjoyed this. 


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