Love, Juliebug: November 2013
I know some people don't think of pets as family, but we do. And, I'm sad to say we lost a family member yesterday. Our sweet, barky Buddy. These photos are from October 2005.




He has been a faithful companion for his whole 15 years. He was originally my Mom and Memere's dog along with his sister Kinki. We took them in after my Memere passed away in 2003. Unfortunately, rather suddenly he lost his vision and his quality of life had really declined. It was especially hard to deal with because our 5 year year old was so very upset. When we lost our last dog Kinki, Abby was three so she didn't really understand. Now she does. She was crying and crying and calling out his name all of last night. We had to keep it together for her. Being a parent is hard sometimes. My husband was the one to take him to the vet and he is taking it hard too. More than a few tears were shed for this sweet boy. 



He will be missed.



I'm so thankful for these two and so much more. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.


Are you looking for adorable and unique Christmas or Holiday cards? Something that expresses the spirit of your family in a special way? Minted.com is a great place to go.

Their site is set up in a very easy to browse fashion. The main page shows you some highlighted products as well as enables you to click on a menu to specifically search for types of items. They have a very clean design that is easy on the eyes.

Minted is a community of thousands of designers. There are literally thousands of designs submitted every month. Their mission is to connect the world's best design geniuses with a community of design-savvy customers who enjoy the creation and appreciation of good design. I'd say they succeeded.

Seeing as Christmas is right around the corner I was quite excited to browse through their Christmas card collection. Whimsical, fun, special, and beautiful are just a few words I could use to describe the cards I found. I also love the fact that I can do both photo and non-photo cards. There are Christmas, Holiday, and New Years cards.

Here are some of my favorites:

Brushed Gold Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
Peace card with real brushed gold foil.

Holly Jolly Wishes Christmas Photo Cards
Holly Jolly Wishes

Family Framed Christmas Photo Cards
Family Framed

Poinsettias and Pinecones Holiday Non-Photo Cards
Poinsettias and Pinecones

Aren't there so many cute cards to choose from? And, this is just a teensy sampling. I think the hardest part is picking a design! They have a feature on their site called Find It Fast. You can try your photo in multiple cards and see which you like best! 

You can even take advantage of their free recipient addressing. That alone is worth it's weight in gold. I love sending cards but sometimes it feels so cumbersome to address all those envelopes. 

And, you will never have to worry about sending out sub-standard Christmas cards. There are multiple options for paper types from their signature paper (A thick and luxurious stock in an off-white hue with a creamy cotton texture, usually reserved for fine stationery.) to Pearlescent (Adds a subtle shimmer finish and rich look to cards, and a soft glow to photographs, for the ultimate in elegance.) and even Premium 100% recycled paper (Very thick paper with a smooth, matte finish). 

I hope you find something you love as much as I did! And, as a bonus they have Black Friday specials! 20% off your purchase of $150 or more and 15% off a purchase of $100-149 using the code BFHOL13. Buy now, upload your photo later!!

 
1 large head of cauliflower 
2 cloves garlic, grated or minced 
2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese 
1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
salt 
pepper 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it's a mashed potato texture.

In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, eggs,cheese, and seasonings Lightly spray a baking pan with spray oil and coat with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick) 

Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown. Add additional cheese to the top and enjoy!

Note: This is not my recipe but one I found on Pinterest. I cannot find the original person anywhere! If you know who should get the credit for this recipe, please let me know.

For today only you can get 50 free 4x6 photo prints from Walgreens. Simply head over and add 25 prints to your cart, then use the code PRINTME25 to get them free! You can do this twice. Make sure you select pick up in store otherwise you will have additional charges.

Dear Abigail,
You are five years, 3 months, 1 week and three days old today. I love how creative you are. One of your favorite things to do is make crafts with me. Something I love is when you make up your own songs. You do this a lot and it makes me smile. Today you were sliding down the stairs on your bum singing "My favorite bear ever!" in a fancy dancy way.

You are a very curious and sweet girl. All the time you run up to me to tell me you love me and give me kisses. One thing, you need to be a bit more careful where your kisses land. ;) Going to school makes you super happy and you love giving your teacher, Ms. Anderson, hugs. You can say your address as well as The Lord's Prayer and you learn very well when we put things into song form. You write us letters all the time. Basically they include the first letter of every word you are wanting to say. 

I am so blessed to be your Mommy.



I am always on the lookout for a good blush. I'm not sure what is so difficult about that task but it's hard to accomplish for me. I don't want it to be bright like Rudolph's nose or so subtle that you can't even see a difference. I was able to try Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Blush in the shade of Sherry and the first thing I noticed was the great packaging. It's durable and has the weight of quality.



The color is just enough to compliment your skin without having a stage feel. It is a pretty sort of wine color. The smoothness of the product is superb. I love that you can sort of build coverage with this. 



The really good news for me is that it's good for skin. Ageless Derma is anti-aging mineral makeup that helps prevent wrinkles by using Vitamin A, E, and Green Tea. It's Paraben free and has broad spectrum sun protection built in. It makes me want to buy the entire line of products!

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I have to take a moment to address something I find quite important for all the Mom's out there. If you are a Mom, you have probably said this phrase before. I'm fairly sure I'm not alone.
"What am I doing wrong?!"
Usually it's said in a moment of frustration. A moment where your beloved child has just completely melted down in front of your eyes. In the grocery store. Right in the middle of the store where everyone can witness said tantrum. I've been there. Heart racing. Maybe even tears springing to your eyes. The question "how do I deal with this?" doesn't even compare with the one that forms after. 
"What am I doing wrong?!"
It implies something very important. If I were a better mom, my child would behave better than this.
Friends, it's not true. It's just...not. In fact, it's a lie from the man down below. It's intention is to make you feel less than. To make you feel defeated. To frustrate you. Don't let him win.
The truth? Each person on this earth was born with sin. Yes, even our precious children. Our job is, unfortunately, not to be perfect parents with perfect children. In my OCD, control freak mind, this is unacceptable but nonetheless, it's the truth. We are given very specific commands in scripture but none of them talk about being perfect parents. Here are a couple that stand out to me.
We are supposed to start them off. We are supposed to not exasperate them. We are to train and instruct them in the Lord. We are not their God. God is perfect. We fall short. We fail. 
Guess what? It's okay. Like I said, our role is not to be perfect. We need to point our kids to God. Show Him as real in our lives. When we fail, when they fail, we need to show them that our strength comes from the One who never fails us. 
(By the way, discipline is important and the lack of it can be a real detriment to our kids. I'm not trying to say it's okay to let your kids run wild. But, I'm not speaking to that here, I'm simply here to tell you that there is grace in God.)
And remember in the middle of the mess, that even though each moment seems so long, truly these days are fleeting. One day we will look back and not remember all the frustration in such painful detail.

I am clinging to that hope anyway.
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isABelt, Ltd. introduces the isABelt ORIGINAL the newest version of the ½” fully adjustable, patented invisible belt, which virtually disappears when worn. 

The isABelt ORIGINAL durable and flat, super strong magnetic clasp and is one-size.  No more bumps or bulges through clothing.  isABelt also eliminates bag-gap and plumber crack.  The fact that it's clear makes it go completely unnoticed!  




Originally launched in early 2007, the isABelt ORIGINAL previously sold in sizes has sold more than 1 million pieces.  The new styling and magnetic clasp hope to build on the iconic patented design and deliver a longer lasting product life and take away the need to choose a size.  

The isABelt is available in either a clear or black material that is virtually invisible once worn, and since there are no bulky buckles to accommodate there are no bumps, bulges, or unsightly belt lines to worry about.




isABelt Ltd was founded by three sisters and fellow fashionistas all suffering from the same wardrobe malfunction. After lamenting the troublesome gapping and slippage of their chic new low rise jeans they decided to get savvy and create the solution to all women's wardrobe woes.




I love that this belt is the perfect solution for slacks.  Not only is it invisible and doesn't result in any bulging.  But the same belt can not only be worn by me but my 8 year old daughter as well.  And let's face it - in a pinch by my son.  I can't tell you how many times I have been out in public and we have to stop every two seconds because one of them has their pants falling down.  They hate belts.  This is tiny enough I can throw in my purse and keep for an emergency.  How perfect is that?!

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After putting her to bed last night this was the conversation we had talking loudly up and down the staircase.

Abby: Mama where are you?
Me: I'm downstairs.
Abby: Come check on me when I'm asleep. Ready? 1-2-3!
Me: I'll check on you when you're asleep sweetie.
Abby: I AM asleep.
Me: You're not asleep because you're talking to me.
Abby: I'm talking in my sleep!

I have to say, she's one smart cookie. Love that girl.



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I think Christmas and baking go hand in hand. I don't know about you but I love the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting from the kitchen. One of my favorites is super simple and you can check it out HERE.

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A couple years ago I participated in a Holiday Blog Challenge. One of the days we were supposed to write about our Christmas Wish List. I think it's fun to make note of things that you just absolutely would love to get even if you never get them and I wanted to do the same this year.

So, here is my 2013 Christmas Wish List!

eReader Case, Kindle Case, Kindle Fire Case, Kindle Touch Cover, Kobo Vox Cover, eBook Case- Book Style- Summerland Chevron/Zigzag. $32.00, via Etsy.
{Kindle Fire and Cover}

PYT Peacock Design Hair Iron


{Studio Condenser Microphone

{Whip It on DVD}

KitchenAid Classic 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer
{KitchenAid Stand Mixer}

Crossbody Chevron Purse/ Nautical look// Red stripes & faux suede trim---MADE TO ORDER--
{Chevon purse}

{cute canisters}

What is on your wish list? You can share!





Right now Amazon is offering Ice Age 1-4 Collection + Ice Age Christmas [Blu-ray] for only $38.99 shipped! The normal price is $129.99 and it ships free with Super Saver Shipping or Prime.

This is the Blu-ray combo pack from what I can tell so you will be getting the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital copy of each disc except the Christmas one.

As you probably know, Amazon's prices change quickly so head over fast and make sure to check the price before you buy! Affiliate links are in this post and I thank you in advance if you use one.

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