When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

November 17, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 17

Love this painting! You can purchase it at Signs of My Life on Etsy.com.

Today I am grateful for...

Beautiful weather
A warm shower
My daughter making me breakfast (a bagel with cream cheese and orange juice :) )

November 16, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 15 and 16

Gratitude stretched canvas collage can be purchased at Kathy Norton Stanion on Etsy.com.

Grateful for...

My beautiful handmade quilt my friends gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago.
Lunch with my friend Gina.
Kyle's smile

Phone calls with my sister.
Amazon.com's excellent customer service sending me a replacement Kindle Fire.
Easy school mornings when everyone cooperates.

Happy Friday!

November 14, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 13 and 14

Purchase and personalize this beautiful gratitude necklace at Moon Glitter Jewelry on Etsy.com.

Grateful for...


A warm house when it is cold out side
I married a man who is smart with our finances
Life in general

Hope you all are having a fantastic week.

November 12, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude.... Days 9, 10, 11, 12

I think listing 12 things I am grateful for will cover the last 3 days and today.

Fresh pumpkin bread
A cool front (I think fall has finally arrived)
Healthy kids
Appliances that work, making my life as a SAHM easier
Being able to be a SAHM
My son's morning naptime
A computer to blog on
My own creative space in our home
My cats (one of which I am having to share a chair with right now and she has most of the seat)
My Dad
My husband
A quiet Monday morning to clean up after the weekend. :)

Happy Monday!

November 8, 2012

How to cure a severe diaper rash...

As you know, I have a busy 13 month old. I would like to call him a toddler, but alas he prefers crawling to walking, it is such a quicker way to get from point A to point B at this time.

Over the course of the last month, Kyle has had 3 very bad diaper rashes. Usually Boudreaux Butt Paste or Triple Paste will help, but the last rash was a real doozy. I ended up at the pediatrician's office and this was her recommendation:

Mix equal parts of the following well in a small tupperware container with a strong lid (this will make it easy to carry where ever you go).

Plain Vaseline
Original Desitin Cream
Ilex (pronounced eye-lex and is a burn cream that can be found in most hospital/clinic pharmacies sold over the counter)

Apply mixture to baby's clean and dry bottom. Then apply prescription topical Nystatin (a yeast combatant) on top of that.

I started applying the remedy around 3pm yesterday and this morning his bottom looks about 40% better already. Yay! The doc said once the rash is cleared up just to watch for it to come back, if it does, start the remedy right away.

I am so glad I went in and Kyle is much more comfortable today. Now we just need to work on the teething sore gums. Ahhh, a mother's work is never done. :)

30 Days of Gratitude... Days 6, 7, and 8

Art print can be purchased at Lori Portka's Shop on Etsy.com.

Ahhh, life has a way of taking priority over blogging 30 days of Gratitude. As I type, life is tugging at my pant leg in the form of a busy, runny nosed, 13 month old with a diaper rash from #&$!. :)

Today, yesterday and the day before I am grateful for...

Above said busy, runny nosed, 13 month old with a diaper rash from #&$!
Doctors to prescribe remedies/ointments for those diaper rashes
Health insurance

A clear shot on the left hand turn at the busy intersection going our of our neighborhood
Little girls singing the tune of Chopsticks doing art at the kitchen table
Coffee with creamer

Emails from a far away friend... you know who you are! :)
Mild fall weather

Happy Thursday!

November 5, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 5

Colorful flower print can be purchased at 3 Wishes Creations.

Some days it can be harder than others to find an attitude of gratitude. I think those are the days it is most important to seach for something to be thankful for.

Today I am grateful for...

God's grace each morning, He gives me the chance to try it all again
Sunflowers in my sweet mother's old blue tinted Ball Mason jar
KSBJ (local, very uplifting radio station)

November 4, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 4

The above beautiful print can be purchased at The Wheatfield on Etsy.com.

Today I am grateful for...

Baby boy cuddles.
An afternoon at the craft show with my girls.
Pretty weather.

November 3, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude... Day 3

The above beautiful wood block can be purchased at Paper Bag Collection on Etsy.com.

Today I am grateful for...

A washer and dryer that works quietly and efficiently.
The fact that my hubby can fix almost anything, which saves us a large sum of money.
Precious moments when siblings get along.

Happy Saturday! Off to see my 4th grader sing with her school choir. :)

November 2, 2012

30 days of Gratitude. Day 1 and day 2.

Happy November! Won't you join me in 30 days of gratitude? Yes, I am one day late, but better late than never.

Studies show that having an attitude of gratitude daily can benefit a person in many ways. By focusing on the positives in our lives, our overall outlook improves and this can improve our well being and our relationships around us.

I myself tend to look at the glass half empty. I would love to shift in to a gratitude mode. What better month that November to do so.

Each day this month I will feature an artist/crafter from Etsy with an item that is related to gratitude some way in addition to listing at least 3 things I am grateful for each day. I figure if I am always looking for things to be grateful for my list it will be impossible to have a negative attitude right? 

The above art is my own.

Yesterday I had gratitude for...

My faith
A beautiful family
A roof over my head
My health

Today I am grateful for...

My sister
My son's beautiful smile
Little girls chattering in the backseat on the way to school

How about you? What are you grateful for?