The Grateful Project {link in}

Hey Y’all!!!

I was snooping around the web today, looking for blog help and inspiration, and found the lovely blog ‘GreatFun4Kids’
This lady has a ton of helpful tips and I was thrilled to find her.

I stumbled upon her ‘link ins’ One of them was THE GRATEFUL PROJECT.  She challenges all to share 5 things they’re grateful for.  I absolutely love this idea and I’m super excited to participate as there are few things on earth more important to the human soul and glorification of God than simple gratitude. Gratitude in and for all things at all times.

You can read her post here.

Here are 5 of the things I’m grateful for.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} 5 Things I'm Grateful blog link in

1.) My family. Yeah, yeah. That sounds cliché`. The obligatory first thing on the list. But not really! I love my fam and want to list them.

2.) My walk with the Lord. I’m saved by grace and thankful for it.

3.) My friends. I’m happy to say I have some great friends in my life.

4.) My Farm. I’m blessed to live on a beautiful and productive farm.

5.) My health and abilities. So many people suffer with incurable illnesses that give them discomfort daily.

BONUS! 6.) I’m totally thankful for beautiful Tennessee weather!! Including awesome sunsets like the one in that photo.

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Happy Weekend {charmed links to check out}

ThisGreenEyedGirl {have a Lovely Weekend}

Well….. I’ve got to share this one because some of my FAVORITE bloggers went to my FAVORITE city!! #whootwhoot for

1. A Beautiful Mess visiting Nashville.

and the same clever girls transitioning their awesome wardrobe into fall

2.) A Beautiful Mess – Changing Colors Sister Style

the blogger which my heart aspires more like to be cooks…

3.) Life In Grace – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Emily Ogden’s photography prints are something of loveliness…

4.) My Heart Like A Kickdrum releases new art prints.

and my “fall <3” board on Pinterest to inspire you towards this upcoming season…

5.) Autumn lovelies from Pinterest

I don’t know if anybody has any thrilling Labor Day plans (if you do, share them please!!!) or not but either way I hope you have an absolutely charmed weekend.  Enjoy this last sunny Saturday and lazy Sunday of SUMMERTIME because before you know it Autumn will be upon us!

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Wedding Decor & Some Good Frugal Ideas

At Sean & Beka’s wedding Beka’s family and those helping out at the wedding took advantage of what I thought were some great ideas for decorating on a budget.

wedding reception decor from ThisGreenEyedGIrl

Everything was still coordinated and nice even though it was done on a budget and by unprofessional hands.

As I worked I tried to collect a few tips a long the way. Here’s what I want to share:

3 TIPS FOR DECORATING A WEDDING YOURSELF.

1.) Plan ahead & make a list. It’s hard once you’re in the moment. There’s so much to do. So many people. And someone asking ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’ is just completely overwhelming. When things are quiet. When you have access to your planner (binder, book) Pinterest, and the venue jot down a list to have ready. For example

1.) Decorate tables. (Table cloth, burlap runners, flower vases, silverware, favors…?)

2.) Do Guestbook table.

3.) Prepare Sanctuary.

ect…

2.) Check Hobby Lobby for useful & great decorating items. Good prices, great statement pieces.

3.) Have one or two “managers”. From what I saw, this step is crucial if you’re doing a wedding yourself without hired help. Choose one or two skilled people that have a. A talent for organizing people. & B. An eye for what needs to be done and what looks good. Designate these people to keep everything running smoothly and coordinated so that instead of 20 people asking you ‘what should I do?’ you have two people saying ‘Do you approve of what we did? Anything you’d like to change…?’

DETAILS:

1.) A few of us gals made a quick run to Walmart the day before the wedding to pick up items that would smooth over rough edges.

We bought a $5 Value pack of paper in coordinating colors, black cardstock & a silver sharpie (to give the effect of chalkboard) and made signs. The signs had the fruits of the spirit written on them & the names of bride and groom.

Also, a single bouquet of roses that mixed with ferns harvested from the woods and a small amount of cut flowers went a really long way.

2.) We draped white sheets to cover unsightly wall space around bathrooms and reception hall.

3.) Burlap Burlap Burlap!!! The wedding having somewhat of an elegant-country feel burlap rocked! We used it on so many different things. That was a great choice on their part!

4.) We used broken down old hymnals on some of the tables as part of the centerpiece. I had scene the idea with antique books and loved the feel especially with the hymnals because of the Christian message in the celebration.

5.) They bought grey striped straws which really spruced up mason jars and gave them personality. The grey in the jam jar favors, straws, and bridemaid’s dresses really tied together well.

That’s most of what I could think of that I found helpful for how to decorate on a budget!

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Back To School {Etsy Finds}

It’s that time of year. We’re thinking about going back to school…. or starting the new school year at home, in my case. We’re collecting supplies. Making lists. Loading backpacks. Organizing binders. And most of us, dwelling slightly on what exactly we want to create as our ‘image’ in the semester ahead. We want to send a message with how we look… don’t we?

Style is a way to say who you are without saying anything.

So, here are my latest Etsy Finds. Some pretty awesome junk to spice up your coming September.

ThisGreenEyedGirl {Etsy Finds} Computer Decal

Floral Laptop Decal  from Creative Decal Skins.

GreenEyedGirl {Etsy Finds} Notebook

Personalized Chevron Notebook from  Letter Love Designs

ThisGreenEyedGirl {Etsy Finds} Infinity Scarf

THE ALASKAN Huge Chunky Infinity Scarf from Ozetta

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10 Ways to Improve Your Morning

Well, it’s probably something of a drastic understatement to say that I’ve never been a morning person. Don’t be the person that wakes me up at 5 a.m. and then tells me the house is NOT on fire. If I’m not still up than it’s way too early to be getting up.

Most times in my life I’ve been a severe insomniac. Missing way to much sleep and paying the price. Going to bed super late, staying up most of the night, then getting out of bed groggy late in the morning.

Over the years I’ve actually learned to manage the insomnia for the most part. And God has blessed me with better sleep during most seasons of life these days. It’s a rarity for me to revert back to my old tendencies.

The main battle now is….

How do I become a “morning person”

I can say that’s just “not me” all I want but that doesn’t really make it acceptable.

The Bible says
‘She rises while it is yet night and giveth meat to her family..’ – Proverbs 31:15a
‘And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.’ Mark 1:35
‘My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.’ Psalm 119:148
There are others I was thinking of but didn’t list, too.

Not to mention there’s no denying that it’s more productive. Or at least easier on my body than making up that lost time for productivity at night, which comes more natural to me. I love to start a good project at 12a.m.

But I sense a natural change accuring within my body’s clock that tells me to go to bed earlier and then wakes me up earlier.

I despise alarm clocks…. but I bought one. I put it in the bathroom though so that I didn’t have to listen to it tick. I didn’t buy a digital because It makes my insomnia worse to lay there staring at what time it is knowing I should be asleep. This one is aqua. That’s bound to make it more likable… right?

So… I’m following my body’s physical suggesting and my heart’s conviction that I should rise early as the virtuous woman does.

But how???? Some of us don’t wake up… don’t wake up ready to spring… don’t wake up happy. I’m a happy person… I am… but at 6am? Nahhhh

I read a lot of articles. I tried different things. I thought about the better mornings I’d had. These are the tips I came up with. They will be later followed by another list on preparing the night before to have a good day. Also A list on how to improve your sleep.

ThisGreenEyedGirl {10 Ways to Improve Your Morning}

1.) Wake up just a little earlier than usual. Set your clock back gradually until you find the ideal time.
2.) Breathe deeply before you stand up, taking in and appreciating your surroundings (clean, soft, white sheets & pillows, light coming in the window, framed photos of family) Use this time to mentally face up to the day. Tell yourself ‘This is going to be a lovely day’ And if you just know it’s actually going to be a quite stressful day then tell yourself ‘I can handle this. I will stay calm and collected. The Lord is my Strength.’
3.)Pray. Pray God will grant you a good attitude. Pray he’ll help you to use kind words at the breakfast table. Pray about the obstacles of your day. About being a witness if you’re leaving. For your family and friends.
4.)Select your clothing carefully. Choose clothes you can put on and then forget about. You shouldn’t have to think about your clothes after you have them on. Choose an outfit well suited to the events of the day. That may include bringing some layering pieces a long.
5.) Wash your face with cold water. Or roll an ice cube over it especially if your eyes look tired.
6.) Eat a nourishing breakfast. THIS IS A MUST!!!! For so many reasons. Health wise, productivity wise, attitude wise, family relationship wise, and weight wise. If you don’t like it at first… don’t give up. It’s a learned habit that’s hard to get used to but eventually you crave breakfast.
7.) Use Kind, Positive words.
9.) Take a moment to read or enjoy a positive mentally stimulating activity. (writing to a friend, collecting some good ideas for your day from Pinterest, journaling)
10.) Prepare! Get things ready the night before. Make lists so you don’t forget things. (I’ll write another list that details how to spend 15-30 minutes the night before preparing to have a great day)

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