Happy Birthday Olivia Grace!

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Five years. Five crazy, amazing, wonderful years since you have entered our lives. At 10:46 in the morning on April 6th you came into this world and changed everything. After more than 24 hours of labor, you came into this world, looked at me with those big brown eyes and stole my heart.

You have grown up into a little lady right before our eyes. You make us so proud, from the way you make your baby sister giggle to the way you try hard at everything you do. There are many things about you that make those around you love you! I hope your day is filled with even half of the happiness you have given us! I love you more than words can say my sweet girl!

Happy Fifth Birthday Olivia Grace!

Truly,
Angela

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Learning the Powers of Positive Thinking

There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you find out someone you love is sick. My grandpa has been a large influence in my life and a major contributor in making me the person I am today. So last month, when my grandma called with the news, my heart just broke. After more than twenty years cancer free that horrible disease had returned. My tears fell without pause as my grandma explained that what was first thought to be ulcers was in fact a tumor.

Now my grandpa is a fighter, and I know he will give his all to beat this disease yet again. With my grandparents being so far away, I feel that that it is even more important for me to give my support in anyway possible. Even though states may separate us our thoughts and prayers are with him daily. I am fortunate enough that the timing of this discovery has come when I am able to make that 17 hour trip to visit him and lend my support in person.

I have become determined to make this trip a positive and fun trip for myself and my girls, and not one that focuses on the depressing reason for traveling. While circumstances may be beyond my control, my reactions are. I have chosen to show my girls that it is important to be present for those you love whether it be physically or mentally and to embrace every situation positive or negative. I know they are both still young but I believe it is never to early to start teaching that positive thinking and reaction can help you overcome the bad. When I come back, I plan on sharing with you a few do’s and don’ts I have learned while traveling with little ones on the road. Until next time!

Truly,
Angela

DIY “Chalk Paint” Cleaning Buckets

One thing I have become particularily obsessed with is the idea of chalk paint being used on various items. I must admit, I have a problem. I am addicted to Pinterest. I have been known to look for a recipe and the next thing I know it is an hour later and I am no longer looking for a stromboli recipe, instead I am sending quirky e-cards to my friends. I definitely like the crafting and DIY sections and the inspiration it gives me, the not-so-crafty individual.
Now one thing that I have overcome since becoming a mother is the need for everything to be in its designated place at ALL times. That, however, does not by any means make it ok that my bathroom closet is a disaster area. I will not bore you with the details of everything I went through, get rid of old medications, sheets that fit beds we no longer use, etc.
I will tell you though that I needed organization! I also loved the idea of having a bucket designated to just bathroom cleaning supplies to access easily (thank you Pinterest). Here comes the part where I tie in my love for chalk paint. I started out with the tin buckets that my love got for FREE at the bar and grill he works at because they were throwing them away.
I then bought acrylic paint from Walmart for 97ยข, and used brushes I had on hand.
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Now originally I was not planning on these buckets having the chalk paint characteristics and was just going to paint the name on them with a different color. As it turned out though, between the tin from the buckets and the acrylic paint, my buckets turned out to be perfect chalk boards!
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Now I can erase them easily with a wet towel and have all of my supplies organized! They turned out better than I had anticipated and could not be happier. Plus the added bonus of the organization makes them even better!
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From Now On: Embracing the Imperfections

Melchor Lim once said, “There are three little words that can release you from your past struggles and regrets and guide you forward to a positive new beginning. Those words are ‘From now on’.” This blog is going to serve as my ‘From now on’.
I have always strived to be as close to perfect as possible and have continuously been disappointed with the results.Since becoming a mother four and a half years ago I have come to realize that there is absolutely no room for perfectionism in motherhood. There are days when everything runs smoothly and then there are days when it takes all that I have to make it to bedtime without losing it.
I hope to use this blog as an outlet to share my triumphs and faltering on this journey to becoming the best mother I can possibly be. I hope that, ‘Living with Grace and Joy’ will help me and those mothers like me embrace the imperfections of life and revel in the opportunities to enjoy the grace and joy that comes from being a mother. From now on there will be no looking back, only moving forward. Truly, Angela