Friday Wrap: Feeling Thankful

This has been a whirlwind of a week – in a positive sense. I have been overwhelmed by the support of so many friends and readers of the blog as I branched out in to completely new territory. Let’s dive right into the deets of the week, shall we?

Blogged while sipping on bordeaux. It was a long day.

{ONE} My first official giveaway!

Qostr giveaway

I’m teaming up with my friends at Qostr to give away one free set of designer coasters this week!

This is my first foray into giveaways, so I know it’s not perfect. In fact, I would love and appreciate any feedback on what you would change, add or keep. I’m using Rafflecopter as the platform for entering.

Anyway, my goal is to introduce you to new companies that have fun and beautiful products I think you’ll love. These coasters are one of them.

The giveaway is still on, so be sure to enter by 7pm Central tonight to get your name in the game!

{TWO} The Neat Nook Facebook page

The Neat Nook Facebook page

I went round and round over whether or not I should create a dedicated page for The Neat Nook. I was leaning toward a “yes, just do it already.” But I hadn’t set the time aside. I’m sure it was self doubt wondering who would even care, so why put time into it? That left me posting updates on my personal page from time-to-time hoping my friends would amuse me with all the Neat Nook talk. And they did. Because they’re sweet like that.

When it came time to launch the giveaway, though, I discovered I needed a fan page to promote things on Facebook. There was my answer and motivation. A fan page it is!

It launched on Tuesday, and I already have such wonderful feedback and many “likes”. It’s so encouraging, and I appreciate each and every one of you who took time to stop by and give me a shout out. I take it all to heart!

{THREE} The first blogiversary – coming soon!

first party

I swear, I blinked and whole year flew by. I’ll be celebrating my first blogiversary on October 20th. This endeavor has proven that I can stay dedicated to a hobby longer than 10 days, which is my usual attention/interest span for things. I really do love this. And I hope to keep sharing good and thoughtful ideas with you all. You deserve it. Especially if you’re reading every word of this post. You get bonus points for perseverance.

As for the celebration…I’m still planning a virtual party of sorts. All ideas are welcome. If you’re a fellow blogger, what has worked for you?! I do know part of it will include a special planner giveaway. Watch for more details next week!

{FOUR} Last soccer game of the season


Life beyond the blog continues, and I can’t believe my two little bears are already finished with their fall soccer season. Weren’t we just in swim suits – like a few weeks ago? It feels that way, anyway. Thank goodness Evan still has a few weeks left, but the clock is definitely ticking.

Oh, and I have to share that Brandon received 100% thumbs up on his coaching skills – as voted by his players. He pretty much rocked it.

I know there are soccer mom jokes out there, but I wear the title with upmost pride. I think the sport is awesome for kids – and I love watching them play.

{FIVE} Rosemary gifts


In the midst of total busyness this week, I was honored to have had a personal conversation with a new friend. As we both paused from our work, she shared with me that this week marks the eighth anniversary of her brother’s death.

She went on to tell me a little about his life and the impact he had on others. What struck me was the way she lovingly spoke about him and held back her tears. He’s still very much alive in her heart and spirit. It was beautiful to see, and it provided some much needed perspective. We never know when our time will come.

I wanted to comfort her in some way, so I did the only thing I knew and went to my garden. My mom taught me that rosemary is a symbol of love and remembrance, so I snipped a few sprigs and added some white coneflowers to the mix. After I delivered the bundle to my friend, I realized she was actually the one who had given me a gift this week. She opened up her heart and reminded me to “never give up” on anything in life – because it’s painfully too short.

Here’s hoping you make the most of today. It’s a beautiful Friday, after all.

Love and hugs,




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