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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2021 Summer Bucket List

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something I'm thinking out loud about and invite you to link up and do the same!

Summer officially started a few days ago and today I'd like to share my 2021 Summer Bucket List with you!  For me, I love to write down my seasonal bucket lists.  It helps me to be more intentional with my time and lessens the chance of looking back on a season and realizing I really didn't accomplish things I really wanted to get done.  Here are a few of the things I'm hoping to accomplish this year ~


Vacations
We love vacations!  I have a couple in the works during the upcoming months and I am super pumped about them!  One downside to our vacations is I typically let myself get all stressed out before we go.  I'm up until the wee hours the night before we leave to finish packing.  I'm yelling at Eric over the craziest things.  I'm throwing way too many things in the suitcase because I can't decide what I'm going to be wearing on the trip.  Can anyone relate?  Well, my goal this summer is to not be my typical procrastinator self and plan ahead.  I want to start the trip feeling well-rested and totally together.  Our first trip is in a few weeks so wish me luck.

Host my niece and nephew for a few days
The little kiddos in our life are my favorite!  Last summer due to Covid, we really didn't have the opportunity to spend as much time with them as I would have preferred.  This summer I'm hoping their parents can do without them for a few days and let them visit Aunt Penny and Uncle Eric's house.  I have all kinds of plans dancing around in my head to do with them!

Listen to more books
Listening to audiobooks is fairly new to me.  It took me a while to be able to master listening to a great novel.  In the past, I would find myself not really listening and my mind roaming.  Sometime over the past couple of years, I've gotten much better at listening and following the story.  Now I just need to remember to pop in my earbuds and listen more often.  There are so, so many books on my TRB list.  I know I could cross some off if I used more of my downtime listening.

Clean my craft room
Guys, my craft room would give the staff of Hoarders a run for their money.  It hasn't been tidy for years.  Literally years.  The last time it was clean I paid my friend's daughter to come to my house and just clean it.  Whenever I go in there to get the job done, I get distracted and the cleaning is over.  Come Fall, I want this room cleaned and tidy.  

Re-start supper club    
Prepandemic, our neighborhood gals were getting together once a month. It's time for us to start that again!  I miss seeing everyone and I miss planning the get-togethers.  Summer will be the perfect time to plan an evening reconnecting with everyone in the backyard.  

Summer photoshoot
A friend of mine has graciously let me photograph her daughters and fulfill my dream of feeling like a photographer.  I have dreams of capturing them in the sunflower fields this summer.  And going along with this one, I'm hoping to increase my skills in Lightroom.  

Reupholster my bathroom chair
This poor chair in our bathroom has taken a couple decades of my hairspray, makeup, and whatever else happens to land on it.  It could really use a new cover.  I've looked at a million YouTube videos and I really think this is something I could easily do.  Now I just need to do it!

Celebrate our 20th anniversary
In July, Eric and I will be married for 20 years!  TWENTY YEARS!  That's a long time.  I want to think of a way to appropriately celebrate.  Got any ideas?

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - June 23, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here.

Summer has now officially arrived! Do you have any big plans? What do you love to do? Check out the posts this week to get some great ideas. You will find recipes you can enjoy at a cookout, seasonal home decor, gardening tips, crafts, DIY and more! First, take a look at the features from last week's party:  

Top Viewed

Thrift store finds

What I Found At The Thrift Store

Make snickers fudge

How to Make Snickers Fudge

Very Popular

White and navy

Fashion Over 40

 

Summer home tour

Summer Home Tour

 

Editor's Pick

peach fluff salad

Peach Fluff Salad

  Avocado Caprese Salad

Avocado Caprese Salad Recipe

  So, now, let's get this party started!   Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Cohosts 2021  

DUCKS ‘N A ROW[Sinea] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

ECLECTIC RED BARN[Beverly] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

LeCULTIVATEUR [Emily] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

MY LIFE ABUNDANT [Tammy] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

PENNY’S PASSION [Penny] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

SIMPLE STEPS FOR LIVING LIFE [Cindy] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

STILETTOS and SHIPLAP [Tara] – INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

THE SNYDER FAMILY [Brittany] – INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

THE SHORT ORDER COOK [Angela] – FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

HAMMERS ‘N HUGS [Ahna] – FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Five on Friday - June 18, 2021

Happy Father's Day weekend everyone!  Hope you will be able to enjoy some time with family and friends over the next few days.  Glad you popped in to see my five for today!  Let's get started ~

1.  Juneteenth
June 19 (Saturday) is a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.  This is the date that recognizes an event that took place in Texas in 1865.  The story goes that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, with the announcement of General Orders, Number 3.  The people learned for the first time that the Civil War was over.  Just this week Congress voted to make this a federal holiday.  


2.  12 Mighty Orphans
This movie is definitely going on my list of movies to see!  Here's the summary from Movie Insider ~
The true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up his privileged position to teach and coach at the orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football. Over the course of their winning season, these ultimate underdogs became an inspiration to their city, state, and entire nation.

3.  SunPop Frozen Cocktails
Target is here to help us get summer started with their 12 count SunPops!  These frozen cocktails are only 100 calories and the variety pack flavors are peach, tropical, and strawberry.  Bring on the summer heat - we have SunPops to keep us cool!
4.  Women's Active Athletic Skort
I ordered this skort from Amazon for vacation and I'm thinking about ordering it in 5 different colors.  It fits great and is so, so comfortable!  We're headed to Disney in a couple weeks and I was looking for something to wear that was lightweight, easy to pack, and would dry quickly if we got caught in a rainstorm or went on a water ride.  I think I found the perfect thing!  It comes in 34 patterns/colors so there are plenty of options to choose from.


5.  Don't be fooled...


Have a wonderful weekend!  We are visiting my dad tomorrow and seeing our son and daughter-in-law on Sunday.  Fun times ahead!  I'm thinking about squeezing in some blackberry picking too.  I love that our lives are getting back to normal and our calendars are once again full!  See you next week.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Alyiah and Mitch Get Married

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'm going to share something I'm thinking out loud about and invite you to link up below and do the same.

My side hustle is being a wedding coordinator - and I love it!  Each year I take on two weddings and help the bride and groom navigate through the planning and execution of turning their wedding dreams into reality.  Most of the time, my friend TW travels from his home in Wisconsin a few days before the big event to help.  Thank goodness he was available for this one!

This past weekend we had the honor of working with Alyiah and Mitch.  They were the best couple to work with!  Their devotion to each other, love for their family, and faith in God shown through in everything they did.  



The wedding venue was spectacular!  Sunset Bluffs is located in Washington, Missouri along bluffs that reflect off the lake.  So beautiful!



I'm not going to lie - the wedding day was HOT!  But the bridal party were troopers and never let it get them down.  


Alyiah and Mitch drew from the talents of their family members to help pull off their big day.  One aunt did the florals while another provided the treats for the dessert table.  Mitch's uncle owns a restaurant and closed it Saturday night so he could cater the wedding.  These two are so lucky to have such a wonderful family!



Guests were encouraged to sign a cork.  The corks will later be reminders of who attended their nuptials.  It was an easy idea to pull together.  The corks came from Amazon (HERE).  This is really a great option instead of having a traditional guest book where people sign and it will most likely be hidden in a drawer for the rest of your life.



One of my favorite things to do is put a basket in the ladies room with emergency necessities for the guests to use.  Need a hair pen?  Shout wipe?  Have no fear, it's available in the basket.  Get what you need and hop back out on that dance floor!


I have no doubt that this couple will live happily ever after!  They were a true joy to get to know and I'm excited to see how their future unfolds.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - June 16, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!  Many of you just had your final day of school for the year.  Many of us have a shift going on in our daily routines as school ends and summer approaches. This is a perfect time to catch up on those projects that had been laid aside for lack of time. If you are a blogger, you can ramp it up a little bit and get some great content going. So, before we start this week's party, let's take a look and feature the posts from last week that you all enjoyed so much. REMEMBER: the very nicest thing you can do for a blogger is to visit their post, pin it, share it and/or leave an encouraging comment. Connect with them!

Top Viewed

Costco Summer Finds 2021

 

Very Popular

Summer capsule wardrobe

 

American flag DIY decorative piñata

 

How to make berry crates DIY

   

Dollar store pony tail holder tube tops for Barbie dolls

 

Editor's Pick

Instant Pot cupcakes

 

Apple pie shortbread bars

 

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Cohosts 2021

DUCKS ‘N A ROW[Sinea] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

ECLECTIC RED BARN[Beverly] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

LeCULTIVATEUR [Emily] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

MY LIFE ABUNDANT [Tammy] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

PENNY’S PASSION [Penny] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

SIMPLE STEPS FOR LIVING LIFE [Cindy] – FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

STILETTOS and SHIPLAP [Tara] – INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

THE SNYDER FAMILY [Brittany] – INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

THE SHORT ORDER COOK [Angela] – FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER

HAMMERS ‘N HUGS [Ahna] – FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Friday Favorites Linky Party - June 11, 2021

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