Mar 29, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #4

Time for another box of happy! Hoorah!

Have you heard of Stitch Fix yet? It's a fabulously fun service that sends me a box of five clothing items every few weeks. If I like them, I keep them and pay online, and if I don't, I return them. Easy peasy! Click here to learn more (and this is my referral link - thanks so much for your support!).

Last box, I gave my awesome stylist, Kalesa, a challenge! Let's see what she put in this fix!

Mar 23, 2015

First-Year Surprises - Part 1


It's been one year since I signed up with Usborne Books & More, and I must admit that I'm a little shocked about how fast time has flown. Has it really been a year? This time last year I was at Teach Them Diligently in Nashville, and I was stalking the Usborne booth; I must have visited it four or five times. I looked at the consultant kit (in a sneak way because I didn't want anyone to know I was interested - ha!) and bought a bunch of books. By the time the convention was over and we were back home, I knew I wanted to have my own book show. I messaged the first local consultant I could find with an active website to set up my party, and then I messaged her back the next day or two and said I was just going to go ahead and sign up and would that be okay (hahahahaha!). I started Usborne Book Barn, but I really had NO idea what to expect my first year with a direct sales company.

I've never sold anything in my life - and I hate the thought of being a 'salesperson.' Would I be good at this? Would anyone want to do this with me? I prayed that God would just take my business and do what He wanted with it.

Mar 21, 2015

Not Expecting This

Say whaaa???

(This was me on the phone yesterday with my 'Oh no you didn't' look.)

As most of you know, Anna has Gorlin Syndrome, and you can read more about that by clicking here. She's had close to 250 cancer spots removed from all over her little body; however, some of her other issues don't fit exactly with Gorlin. After some Googling extensive online medical research, we thought we had found the missing link! We mentioned it to our absolutely fabulous doctor, and she had already been working behind the scenes to have Anna's DNA tested for this exact syndrome. Brilliant! So we did the blood test and have been waiting for 4 weeks to hear back, really, just to confirm that she did indeed have this other syndrome tacked on to Gorlin (it's on the same gene, for pete's sake, so of course THIS is the missing piece!).

Mar 14, 2015

Welcome to Holland

Anna has been on my mind constantly these past few weeks. We think she may have another syndrome on top of her original diagnosis of Gorlin Syndrome, and we're waiting for her test results to come back. Any day now. (It's been 'any day now' for a week, which makes it frustrating.)

If she does have this new thing, I'll share more. (I've found that there's a fine line when you have a blog. How much should I share? Will my sharing help others? If the answer is yes, I try to share as much as possible with you.) 

I've wanted to write more about my journey with Anna, but it just hasn't been the right time. I've written posts in my head for weeks, and then days later I'm so glad that I waited. I was just about to go to bed a few minutes ago, when God told me to write. So, here I am. I don't have much to share right now, but Welcome to Holland is a good place to start. This poem is well-known in the special needs community, although it obviously is applicable to pretty much every life situation where our expectations differ from our realities.

c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

Welcome to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

Mar 1, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #3

I absolutely LOVE finding my Stitch Fix box of happy waiting for me outside my door each month! Do you know about Stitch Fix yet?

It's an amazing service where your personal stylist sends you five items in the mail, and you keep what you like and send back what you don't! It's perfect for me because I don't have time to shop for myself, plus, it's just a lot of fun! Click here to learn more about Stitch Fix, and click here to read about my first SF review, and click here for my second SF review!

Now, onto this month's box! 

Feb 6, 2015

Stitch Fix Review - February Box 1

Got another FIX in the mail!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, please click here to read my first review and the details. Basically, Stitch Fix a service where you get a surprise box of clothes just for you on a regular basis (think monthly, every two months, etc.). I LOVE it because it's convenient, the clothes are unique, and it's just plain FUN! Click here to check it out!

So, here's this month's FIX!

Dec 11, 2014

Stitch Fix #2 - December Box!

Have you ever wished and prayed for a personal stylist to send you cool clothes that you can't find just any ol' where? Yeah, me neither! BUT, that's exactly what I got when I took a chance and signed up under a dear friend for Stitch Fix!

(I am sharing my referral link, and if you take the plunge, I'll get a little 'happy,' so thank you!)

Nov 16, 2014

Usborne and CC Cycle 1 Match-Up!

If you're not new to my little place on the world wide web, you know that I lovey-lovah-love Usborne books, so much so that I've become a consultant and team leader. It's just a great company that I stand behind 100%, and you can learn more about my journey by clicking here and here.

I was recently contacted about finding Usborne books that correlate with CC Cycle 1, so here's what I've put together! It's not an exact match-up with a fancy numbered table (I'm sure someone will create that if it's not already out there), but it's a good general place to start if you're looking to get yourself ready for Cycle 1. 
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