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Thursday, May 31, 2012

CHECKING IN:A PHONE PHOTO DUMP+MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND RECAP!

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OK I KNOW...I'VE SERIOUSLY BEEN MIA!
A BIG "NO-NO" IN BLOGLAND.
It's been close to a week since my last post and If you read my last post, you will understand why!
It has been INSANE! I am not complaining, I promise! I did this to myself!
Just calling a "Spade--A SPADE"
What do I have for you today....?
UMMMM...A phone photo dump!
Yes...I know...It's not a clever "craft", but we have been hustling, people! It has taken me three...YES, THREE...years to get the hubby on board for some home improvement projects!
I THINK I HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!
No complaints though...I'm just sayin'!
*Love you babe*
 We needed a building for storage because we have no attic space and snagged a display model for a STEAL! So, our memorial day weekend was spent working outside.
YEAH...SHE IS WORKING SOOOOO HARD! CAN'T YOU TELL!?
HERE'S THE "STEAL"...IT WILL WORK FOR NOW! IT WILL BE GETTING A MAKEOVER INSIDE AND OUT...SURPRISED? DIDN'T THINK SO! I LOVE MAKEOVERS!
MY LITTLE HANDYMAN IN THE MAKING WITH HIS POPPIE! DO YOU LIKE OUR VERSION OF SAW HORSES? HA!
WE TOOK A PIECE OF THE FENCE OUT TO USE WASTED PROPERTY SPACE...
BOY, DO I HAVE PLANS FOR THAT FENCE!

I'll be back soon with some cool projects...there are many many projects in the making!

On top of ALL this stuff, I am working hard on my little girl's dance recital stuff, editing pictures, creating programs, etc etc etc...Bear with me....
*In Arnold's accent*
"I'll BE BACK"

Do ya'll still love me????
:)
Nelly

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE LIST:CALGON----TAKE ME AWAY{IT DOESN'T REALLY WORK SO WHY DO WE SAY THAT?}

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This picture actually made me laugh!
I can relate to this person/cartoon guy!

I am so so SO busy this week! I needed to make a To-Do list and I must actually stick to that list.  So, I figured why not just make my list here!
Yeah, Maybe I want sympathy...
Or maybe some accountability to actually hold me to this list...
Or, hey---Just an old fashioned "You can do it, NELLY!"
I'll gladly take all or any of the above..
OH and did I mention this is only for THIS WEEK!
UM, YEP!

1--Shop for dance recital
2--Edit wedding photos for client
3--Edit Dance Pictures for clients
4--Start Finish Dance Recital Program
5--CLEAN my house
6--Finish painting interior doors
7--Paint ALL of the trim in the house---Weeeell...this may need to wait!
8--Breath---Yeah, I forget to do that sometimes
9--Empty out the spare bathroom (which has been a storage closet due to having NO storage)
10--Organize the above
11--Laundry
12--Exercise---(PAHAHA, YEAH RIGHT?!)
13--SLEEP---(SEE SARCASTIC RESPONSE ABOVE)
14--Do it again next week...
Phew!
Yeah, I know you might be saying...
"Nelly, didn't I just read a post in this blog about 'The Balanced Life'"...
Ummm...I plead the fifth!
I will say this...I did state in Paragraph 4-Line 2...
FYI!
:))
I will need some help this week from the man upstairs for sure!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY:THE RESULTS ARE IN...THE WINNER IS...

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It's an exciting day for me AND for the lucky winner of the Bamboo Coral, Picasso Czech and Pearl Bracelet from Em & M's Treasures!! Using Random.org, the winner is...
SARAH T.!!!
I am so thankful for EVERYONE who participated!! I could totally get used to doing this "Giveaway" stuff!!
I'll be emailing you Sarah T., so check your inbox, Missy!
Here are some of my faves from Em & M's Treasures!

My son would feel like a ROCK STAR with this leather necklace with a hand stamped medallion!

Ummmm. I.LOVE.THIS.BRACELET...A LOT! Can you tell! It's gorgeous!!!

This necklace makes me want to wear a long maxi dress and walk on the beach!

So please make a visit over to Em & M's Treasures!!  She is so talented---I'm glad she's MY friend!!
:)

TIL NEXT TIME,
ADIOS!

Monday, May 21, 2012

MARVEL-US MONDAY:SPINACH BANANA SMOOTHIE+AN UPDATE+FINAL HOURS FOR A GIVEAWAY!

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IS IT MONDAY ALREADY!?

Is it acceptable in "Blog World" to not be so "chipper" on this Monday Morning?
Will I be judged for such unacceptable behavior or is there ANYONE out there that can agree that a few more days added to the weekend would certainly benefit this overwhelmed wife and mom?!
I'm thinking...the answer is is probably "YES!"
Don't get me wrong, I am happy that the sun has risen!
Today WILL BE a blessed day!!
You might also be wondering where I have been lately...well...let's just say the storm is brewing and the tornado called "LIFE" is picking up things and throwing them down as it trails it's course!
I'm OK...just doing a lot of thinking...
If you are a praying person...I'll take a little prayer if you are willing.
:))
OK, so on a different note, I have a confession...
This weekend I bought a scale!
YES, I DID!
I have not owned a scale for probably ten years now and since nothing has been working to motivate a change in eating habits or exercise...I had to bring in the "big guns"...
THE SCALE!
PHEW, it wasn't a pretty sight...kind of a shocker...reminded me of why I hate scales! I have never (and still am not) worried about my "weight" BUT I had to do something!?
Something had to slap me back into reality! 
People, I am not getting younger OR smaller...
So this morning, I made my favorite morning motivator. This AWESOME recipe is from  my hairdresser, the fabulous PAIGE! She has shared this with me and so many of my friends.
You will like this even if you don't like spinach!
As long as you like banana, you will love it!
It's easy breezy and a great way to start your day!
My kids LOVE IT!!

SPINACH BANANA SMOOTHIE:
1-Fill cup with ice and pour into the blender
2-Break up a whole banana and put it in the blender.
3-Grab a hand full of fresh spinach and then...YEP...put it in the blender, too.
4-Pour 1/3 cup of water into the...you guessed it...THE BLENDER!
5-NOW, BLEND AND ENJOY!
:)
***I ADD A LITTLE SWEETENER OR YOGURT BUT THIS IS OPTIONAL. IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT IT AS WELL***

I really hope you try it! It took some guts for me but I am SO GLAD I did!

ALSO, there is about 12 HOURS LEFT of MY FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER (CHECK IT OUT HERE)!

Tootles,
The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RANDOM:DON'T WORRY {ENCOURAGEMENT FROM A CREDIBLE SOURCE}

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I read this today and shared it on Facebook...
Perfect timing for me to hear!
How encouraging it is to know that God's got it! I know some of you might be thinking..
"Well, things sure don't seem like God's got it!"
I understand those thoughts! What helps me is to remind myself that this book "The BIBLE" is a credible source and the promises in this book are true!

I am personally in a decision making process and I know that worry and doubt will only cloud my thinking and cause my decisions to be tainted with doubt.

The song "Don't worry, Be Happy" is coming to mind right now
*humming: dooooo do do do do do do do do do do do..DON'T WORRY!*
heehee!

SIDE NOTE-
Check it out and email me if you are interested...It's FREE!!
(I like FREE)

I worked hard on that clean kitchen!

I LOVE the item up for grabs! I want it for myself (Just sayin)

Anywho, I hope that the word of encouragement brought some happy to your day!

Keep Singing,
(dooooo do do do do do do do do do do do..DON'T WORRY!*)

Monday, May 14, 2012

MARVEL-US MONDAY :A GIVEAWAY {MY FIRST ONE EVER!!!!}

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THIS IS A MARVEL-US MONDAY INDEED!
IT IS MY FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER!
I AM STOKED!

I have a GREAT friend, Chasity, who is really just a beautiful person! I just love her! She just started a business making GORGEOUS handmade one of a kind jewelry! What I love the most is that the pieces can be simple or extravagant, which makes her shop, Em & M's Treasures appealing...There is something for everyone!
Here's a message from Chasity!
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Welcome to Em & M's Treasures. My Name is Chasity Bland; I have 3 children and 2 step-children. I worked as an LPN for the last 12 years and decided a year ago to stay at home with the children and do online course to further my education in nursing. After creating a few pieces of jewelry for friends on special days, I decided to continue making jewelry for others. I love making things for others... their own little "treasures". 


Em & M's Treasures offers one-of-a kind pieces, custom orders, hand stamped pewter. I love working with leather and fresh water pearls. I offer jewelry selections from children to adults. 
I LOVE CUSTOM ORDERS! I can make custom orders, or personalized versions of items that you see listed in my shop. Contact me with your ideas and photos; I'll gladly help you turn your ideas into an actual item!
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So wanna see what she is giving away??
HERE IT IS!
This stunning Bamboo Coral, Picasso Czech and Pearl Bracelet
(It will fit a wrist size of 61/2 to 8)



Gorgeous or WHAT!? This is perfect paired with a simple summer sundress or an elegant dinner date on a steamy hot summer night!
AHHH...*Exhale*...Sounds nice!
OH and I also want to remind you about the Sponsor Switch-a-roo beginning in June! There are more details HERE
Ok...back to the giveaway!
Simple:
1- Follow ME on Google Friend Connect or Linky and let me know that you hopped aboard!
2-Go over to Em&M's Treasures and "Like" her Facebook page and then take a minute and browse around! Really, you won't be disappointed! 
ALSO, take advantage of the other ways to get extra entries...
Alrighty?
LET'S GOOOOOO!



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Saturday, May 12, 2012

POPPING IN:BLOG SPONSOR SWITCH-A-ROO!

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Happy Saturday!
I just wanted to pop in for a second with this little update!
OK so YEAH that's supposed to be me "popping in"...Phew, I get cheesier and cheesier!
and I LIKE IT!
SO...
Beginning June 2012, I will begin 
Blog Sponsor Swaps!
IT'S SIMPLE!
I will place YOUR BUTTON in my sidebar and you will place MY BUTTON in your sidebar for one month, along with a SPONSOR FEATURE POST!
What's the catch?
NO CATCH--Except maybe we "catch" a few new bloggy buddies along the way! 
I love bloggy friends!
This is an ideal way to promote each another's blog AND it is absolutely FREE (my favorite)!

If you would like to DO A BACKGROUND CHECK dig in and find out who this "Nelly" chic is, hop over to my ABOUT ME PAGE or check out this RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT ME Post! You'll see that I am slightly addicted to Dove Chocolate, Hot Fries, the movie "Elf" and  other slightly embarrassing things (I still don't know why I posted that...OH WELL!)

This is one of my favorite quotes:
"Community over competition!"
In Blogger's terms, friends over followers!


We all want followers but I REALLY want friends first! Don't you?
:)
Note: In order to give the greatest exposure, I only will place 8 sponsors in the sidebar per month! 

Less Clutter=BETTER VISIBILITY!

So let's switch-a-roo!

If you are interested, please email me @dginnovations@gmail.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

FAMILY FOCUS FRIDAY:UPDATING FROM DRAB TO FAB {WITH FAMILY}

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Wanna know what I did today?
Well, today I had to work...No, not at my normal "day" job! I HAD to SLAVE and SUFFER as I WAS POKED & PRODDED to help my mother-in-law (hereinafter known as MIL) and REDECORATE HER LIVING ROOM! 
OH THE AGONY...
*enter sarcasm*
I know that you all know I am full of bologna!
It is ALWAYS a pleasure to redesign or redecorate...I enjoy this more than almost anything.  It's my FAVORITE JOB-besides being a mommy and wife, but that's not a J.O.B., technically. 

AFTER ALL, IT IS FAMILY FOCUS FRIDAY, RIGHT!
MY MIL IS FAMILY...
and I am focusing on her today so...
IT'S LEGIT!
:)
This wasn't a full-on complete redecoration, just a little bit of sprucing up and updating.  She has a casual, old world style throughout the home with a palate of brown, black, a little red, rust, more brown and more black, some olive and more brown and more black...get the picture! She is debrownifying (I love making up words) just like me!
We are pulling in some scrumptious, serene blues, with mercury glass and mirror accents to lighten and brighten the space.
This is just a little taste.
Whatcha think?
I am DROOLING over this round mirrored...mirror! It is so blingy but in the RIGHT way! It is calling my name...."NEEEELLLLY??!!?  BUY MEEEE?!?!"
Don't you here it?!
Well, I am hearing something sounding more like...."Nelly, MAKE me! I am WAY out of your budget!"
UGH! The truth hurts!

So, after rearranging as much as possible, pulling from here and there to work with what we had on hand, we decide to make a rush trip to town...just to pick up a few odds and ends...Really, only like 3 things were on the list.
Weeeeellll...This is me stuffed-LITERALLY-in the backseat!
DO YOU LIKE?
TELL ME! TELL ME! TELL ME!

UPDATE:
Show some love and check it out!

SMOOCHES, 
NELLY

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