Monday, June 2, 2014

Inspiration for the Week #18

I haven't been around much lately, but thought June might be a good time to give it another try. Happy Monday everyone!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

10 life lessons I learned from my Mom

In twenty five years, I'm sure my mom has spent thousands of hours trying to teach me and my siblings important life lessons and whatnot. Probably less than half stuck, but the older I get the more what she said tends to make sense. (Gasp, I know. Cliche, but true.) 

1. Be the bigger person. It's hard and it sucks, but it's the right thing to do. 

2. When you are in your twenties, you have to get over your aversion to strangers. Be nice and smile, it won't kill you. (But not to the creepy guy in the van - he very well may kill you)

3. You'll never learn to cook or bake if you don't try. If you married a good man he'll attempt to eat it the first few times it's bad anyways. 

4. Make your husband happy to come home. Be glad to see him. Of course he should be your sounding board for the problems in your life, but you can at least let him take his shoes off first. 

5. Family is precious. You never know if this will be the last Christmas or birthday. Make the memories while you can. 

6. If you are scared, they will sense it and take advantage of you. This was first taught in regards to a show steer - but honestly can be applied across the board and to humans as well. Act like you have the control and you will. 

7. Babies are expensive and tiring. They will turn into toddlers who will ask five million questions a day and then will turn into moody angry teenagers. But they will be worth it, a million times over. 

8. You can do anything a boy can do - and while it's always good to be self-sufiiciant it doesn't hurt to ask him to help you sometimes. Yes, you could probably do it but sometimes men are sensitive too and it's good for their pride to feel needed now and again. 

9. Being frugal is an art. You can buy the offbrand product, it usually tastes the same anyways (but always buy name brand q-tips and klennex). 

10. Eat the cookies, especially if they are being sold by a cute little kid at a garage sale. Drink the wine, you probably deserve it. But don't ruin your dinner.  

And because of the past few years, she has become such a huge part of my life, here's just a few things I've learned from my mother-in-law over the years...

1. Have a signature dish to take to family functions. Your in-laws will always ask for it and make you feel great. Mine is broccoli-cheese casserole. I will forever be proud of the fact that it was the cause of a nine-year-old willingly eating broccoli. 

2. Have one or two hobbies that are just for you. If it benefits your family with fresh produce and yearly scrapbooks, that's great, but it's ok (and good) to have something that makes you happy that you do alone. 

3. When he asks for help working cows, always go. He will most likely yell and cuss and get angry when things don't go as planned. He will say things that hurt your feelings. It's best to learn to tune it out, help when you can, and step back when you can't. He appreciates his help even if he doesn't say it every time. He didn't mean the things he said, and he may not apologize, but the temper runs in his blood and if you love him you'll learn to love (or at least live with) the flaws as well. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap {#3}

Hi All! I've been off the face of the earth, I know. Sorry!

I'm dropping in for a minute to share my participation in Crystal Cattle's latest beauty swap project. I actually participated in the one before this as well, but only really received tiny little samples that I didn't know what they were or how to use them, so sharing wasn't very helpful :(

But this time I was paired with sweet Amy who is a cowboy girl, horse lover, and Mary Kay girl! She sent me some great goodies that I'm so excited to try!

(Sorry for the terrible pic! I tried to take it at 6:00 this morning!)
Amy sent me exfoliating gloves, some goody hair ties, small bottles of garnier sleek and shine shampoo and conditioner, and some Mary Kay goodies like the satin lips set and some lip gloss and an eye color pencil from the new spring line. (And some chocolate eggs as well, yum!)

I love those kinds of hair ties, they are the only ones I ever use anymore, and actually started making my own based on Megan's tutorial a while back. I've been wanting to try the satin lips for a while now, so I'm super excited about that - and also the new colors also! The little bottles of shampoo and conditioner are the best for when we go camping, and I was needing a new set so these will come in useful.

Thanks for the idea Crystal, and I can't wait until the next swap!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - 4/23/14

We were blessed last night with a new baby on the farm - this little heifer calf!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - 4/9/14

I haven't done a wordless (almost) Wednesday post in a while, but wanted to share the first, and so far only, spring baby we've had this year. I've affectionally named him Mr. Grumpyface -since he's had this scowl on his face since birth. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Inspiration for the Week #16

Happy Monday! Have a great week! 

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