Pink Flamingos - We can learn a lesson

This video tickled me! PINK?

What privileged lives these birds live! 
Strolling on the beach at this beautiful resort with their NOSES up in the air! They're all like...... hmmf... where shall we sit?  

They are totally oblivious to the humans in the background. Obviously, they have become accustomed to having them around.  Could the humans capture or harm the birds?  Absolutely!  Do the birds care?  Absolutely not!

We humans become that way at times.  Sometimes the enemy tries to sneak around but other times he is just hanging out in the background of our lives and we get accustomed to having him there.  

Be aware of your surroundings!  Make sure that when you are choosing a place to sit, the enemy isn't hanging around in the background.

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No amount of sugar in the world - My coffee story

You know how the old song goes.... just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down....  I apologize.  Now it's stuck in your head. ;)

So I got up and poured my morning brew.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and everything was right in the my world.... until.... I took .... my first .... sip....

My thoughts... welcome to my brain!
This coffee just didn't taste right.  Well, give it a chance you just woke up.  Ok.  Sip.... ew!  Something's not right.  ....thinking... name brand coffee: check.  Sugar: check.  Creamer: check.  Ok well, just go brew another cup.  Maybe something was in the bottom of this cup and you didn't see it.

I went to the kitchen, stumbled my way to the Keurig, put in a new pod, dumped out the nasty, and brewed another cup.  Sugar: check.  Creamer: check.  Smell coffee: EWWWW!

Ok, I'm not the brightest crayon in the box first thing in the morning but by now I'm starting to realize that maybe it's something I'm doing.  Sure enough, I smelled the creamer and it went sour.

NO amount of sugar in the world can cover that up!  I don't care how much you dump into that cup, it is sour.

Have you ever had a day like that?  A day that no amount of sugar can cover up your sour attitude?  So what does it take if the almighty, addictive sugar can't do it?

It takes intentionality.  You have to do things on purpose!  Don't let that sour attitude run your day or your life.  Sure things happen that may spoil the moment but in order for it to not spoil our day, our week, or our life, we have to take that thing captive and get it out!

Make up your mind to BE POSITIVE.  Fill the air with beautiful music.  Open the windows.  Buy YOURSELF some flowers if no one else is going to do it.  Pray!  Talk to your creator.  Don't know what to say?  Start off by telling Him how beautiful those flowers are and go from there.

What do you do to get the sour out of your milk life?


Positively Woman - Check out my new t-shirt shop!

I have searched high and low in all of the store around here for positive, encouraging t-shirts and have only come up with ONE!

So, what does a girl do when she wants to infect the world around her with positivity?  She designs her own shirts!

I am posting some of my faves.... ok, they are ALL my faves but I will refrain from posting them all.

FYI:  All of the t-shirts come in other colors and some come in multiple styles.

You can see all of the shirts by visiting my shop:

positive shirt


positive t shirt


Anniversary Sale in My Etsy Shop!

Yay!! It's our 4th Etsy anniversary! (2012) 

Get 12% off handcrafted jewelry at Everything Beautiful. 

(Orders over $25 - Exp. March 31, 2016)

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For your special day....and everyday!


Jewelry Giveaway Ends Tonight!

The $30 jewelry giveaway with FREE shipping ends tonight!
(Scroll down to see my original post for entry rules.)

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Blog Giveaway! Grand opening of my new jewelry shop


(Ends 10/27/15)

WIN a $30 gift certificate to Everything Beautiful 
and FREE shipping!  

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*Leave a comment and tell me which item from my shop you just love
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Grand Opening Sale of My New Shop!

I am having a grand opening of my new jewelry boutique!

GRAND opening today!
Here is the coupon that I promised you:
25% OFF your entire order (over $30)


(Coupon expires 10/25)


Brand New Jewelry Line: Beach Jewelry - With a Story of course

I am SO excited to show you my new line of beach jewelry!

Our family went on vacation and the childhood beach lover in me was found!  She was lost for so very long while I raised our little boys...who aren't so little anymore.

I used to totally live at the beach.  The little beach I frequented had a tiny bit of sand and a long dock.   Me and my girlfriend sunned ourselves on that dock for years and years.  We splashed in the water, tried to talk to each other under water, dug holes with our feet in the water...so many memories.

When we got to Florida it was evening and raining. Imagine that!  LOL  My husband isn't the main beach lover of the family so our oldest son (18) accompanied his mama to the beach...in the rain...at sunset.

All of a sudden, to my surprise, I got all excited and felt like a little girl again.  I immediately kicked off my shoes and headed for the salt water.  It's a good thing I had a knee length skirt on.  Because of the storm, the waves were crashing in strong even though it was the gulf.  That didn't stop me!

The water was so warm on my feet.  The air was windy and crisp with no sunshine from the "sunshine state."  I started to wade in the rough waves and if I had had a towel in the car, I'm SURE I would have went in..all the way in...in my skirt!

As my son watched his mama become a little girl, I began to comb the beach for shells and interesting little critters.  I kept telling him how beautiful the beach and gulf were as if he couldn't tell or needed to be convinced.

It started to get pretty dark and my husband was wondering what on earth we were doing since it was storming and we went to the beach...at dusk.  I reluctantly put my shoes back on and we headed back to the hotel suite where that little girl  I would have to wait out the night until we could go visit the beach again.

There is so much more to tell but I will leave the story there so I can show you the new beach line of jewelry.

You can find all of this beautiful
beach jewelry in my shop: 



Bible Journaling - Using the flow of the Holy Spirit for art

Photo credit: Bible Journaling

I have a new "hobby" or way of enjoying the Word. It's called, "Bible journaling."

As you read the Bible a passage may stand out to you and stir you. You then take some coloring pencils, stamps, and stickers (if you choose) and do artwork in the margin.

When I first saw this I loved it. My regular Bible looks like an art page anyway with all of the highlights and marks. (I'll post a pic of my Bible as well.)

So, here are some photos of what Bible journaling looks like. If you are interested, I can tell you what I bought for mine.

Here is a blog post on Bible journaling.  There are even Bible Journaling communites!

P.S. I think this is a great idea for young kids as well!

These 2 are are examples I found on Google:

This is my regular Bible.  It's quite colorful!


Bridal Jewelry - Going worldwide!

I am shipping this beauty out to FRANCE today!  
That is soooooo cool!

Last one...sold out!

For more bridal jewelry, come visit my shop:

How totally cool is that?  Some bride in France couldn't find anything else for her bridal jewelry and decided on a beautiful necklace from my shop!  Oui oui!


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