Opinions Wanted!

I’ve spent the past couple of days tinkering with the “cover pictures” I use for my products on Teachers Pay Teachers and Etsy. I really like to have a consistent look to my products, but I also want people to have a clear idea of what it is they’re purchasing.

I’ve created a new cover that I’m quite fond of, but before I go around changing the display pictures for all of my products, I thought I’d let you sling an opinion my direction.

So, here we go…

Here’s the way the cover pictures currently look. (The “old version,” if you will.)

crazy triangles old


And now we have the new design:

Crazy Triangles Cover 2

So, my question for you is this:

Also, if you have suggestions, I’d love, love, love to hear them. :) My skills in this area are quite limited, so keeping it simple is pretty crucial. ;)



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Feminist Friday: The Myth of “Girl Stories”


I love this post so much! The subtle messages we send girls can easily add up to a lifelong feeling of being separate and “less than” boys. And there’s absolutely no reason for it.

WARNING: This post does contain a bit of grown up language that I don’t normally use on the blog. If that sort of language offends you, please avoid reading the post. :)

Originally posted on Eclectic Alli:

When I asked my friends for fantasy book recommendations for an 11 year old, they had many wonderful  suggestions.  I hadn’t mentioned the gender of the child in the original post and a few posters made assumptions which appeared to influence the recommendations they gave (much to their chagrin).  When I noticed this was happening I pointed it out, and that led into some great conversation.  One friend, Lynn, had recommended books that her son enjoyed, but noted that she “assumed the child in question was a girl, but only because she liked the Princess Bride — interesting huh?  I kind of hate to admit that.”

“It’s incredibly frustrating that parents, educators, and librarians continue to say that boys don’t have to read books that center on girls. There’s no reason that boys can’t empathize with girls, other than that we don’t teach them to. And as we continue to not teach them…

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Three Things Thursday: July 2, 2015

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

My new bow! We thought it wasn’t going to come in until tomorrow, but then we got a surprise phone call yesterday afternoon that my bow was ready! :D Guess what I’ve been doing this morning that delayed my blog posting by a bit? ;) (I also want to mention that we purchased this from Boss Archery in Concord, NC, and they were absolutely amazing with their service! If you live in the area, you really won’t be sad if you visit them.)

Frank loves to bundle up even if it’s a million degrees out. I don’t know if it’s cuter that Frank likes to relax this way or that John takes the time to wrap the pup up burrito style. <3

frank blankie

This lizard just wanted to play some frisbee. I tried explaining some of the logistical challenges we would have, but he would hear nothing of it. ;)

lizard frisbee

Want to see more of the silly and/or pretty things I spot throughout the week? You can follow me on Instagram! :)

So, what made you smile this week? I’d love to see you share on your blog or here or on twitter! :D 

Don’t forget! You can use the tag #ThreeThingsThursday on twitter. It’s a great way to share your three things without doing a post or to let the world know you did a post. :)

I truly do encourage all of you to snag this idea (and some badges!) as you please. :D



Shall We Christmas in July Again?

Last year I hosted a Christmas in July Gift Exchange, and it went pretty spiffily! Lots of people received nifty goodies without having to do that pesky “waiting till December” thing.

The concept is pretty easy-peasy. If you sign up, you would provide information about 3 or 4 types of things (generally not super-specific) you would like to receive. Someone will get your name, and they’ll go Christmas shopping. That person sends you a gift in late July. Of course, you would also get a name and go Christmas shopping and send a gift. Fairly standard Secret Santa stuff there. :) Also, I like to keep this budget friendly, so I’m thinking no more than $15 on a gift…and less is certainly okay. This is more about thoughtful and fun than spending a gargantu-fortune. ;)

Before I decide for sure to host the exchange (because it is a bit of an organizational undertaking), I need to know if people are interested again this year. To do that, I’m creating a poll. (My goodness, I do love to gather data!) If you could be the awesome person that you are and let me know your thoughts by clicking an option below, that’d be great. :) And if you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments.

If there’s enough interest, I’ll get everything moving this weekend for sign ups and things. :)

Perhaps this will get you in the spirit…

Click picture to be whisked away to the Etsy shop that sells this bit of awesome. :)

Click picture to be whisked away to the Etsy shop that sells this bit of awesome. :)

I Promised You More Lake Pictures…

and here they are! :)

After soaking up the view and squeaking about the little fish and watching my BFF’s little swim about on Thursday, things just continued to be fabulous. :D

There were nifty clouds to watch…

And lovely sunrises with some guest appearances from a heron and a family of ducks…

And a heron hanging out with some duck friends…

lake ducks heron

And there was general fun and relaxing…

And my very favorite picture from the whole trip…

lake anna butterfly

Miss Anna attempting to catch a butterfly. (No butterflies were harmed!)

It was a fabulous trip that definitely needs to be repeated! :D

I have more nifty pictures of bugs and flowers and things, but you’ll have to check out Instagram for those. :)

So, what about you? Any fun trips to the water recently? What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen while at a lake? Do you prefer watching the birds and fishes or the bugs and spiders or the clouds and sunrises or something else?

The News Is Sad

Grace did not get into the art school that she had her heart set on. :(

Right now she’s feeling pretty miserable…as are all of her parents.

But I’m very, very proud of her. :) She worked incredibly hard to prepare for her audition. She worked incredibly hard all of her 8th grade year and ended up with some amazing test results. She worked hard to go after something that she wanted, and that is always something to be proud of!

It was, sadly, the luck of the draw. Her name didn’t come up in the lottery until after the program slots from the feeder school she would have attended (if she weren’t in home school) were full.

The good news is that her name came up in the lottery. That means her audition and test scores and grades definitely qualified her for the program…her name just got pulled too late to get a slot.

Sometimes chance and probability are unkind that way.


So, now it’s time to regroup and figure out what the best plan for Grace’s education for next year will be. I’ve got a lot of research to do over the next few days. Fortunately, I had already been doing some looking into things…as a back up measure. (She is on the wait list, by the way, but I’m not holding my breath for that slip of a possibility.)

I’m off to investigate other stunning and fabulous opportunities…

If We Were Having Coffee: June 28, 2015

*I originally stumbled across this concept at Part Time Monster, and I love, love, love the idea of having a chatty post once a week. I do hope you enjoy my ramblings.* ;)


I would tell you that I had an amazingly awesome time at the lake! I’ll share more pictures on Tuesday, but, for right now, enjoy this heron flying by during the sunrise. :D

lake sunrise and heron

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I would tell you that tomorrow is the big day…the day we find out if Grace got into art school or not. Just thinking about it makes my tummy all fluttery! Everyone will deal with things well no matter what the results…it’s just the waiting that’s making me all anxious and twitchy.

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I would tell you that my break from the blog may have been a mistake! I’m having a hard time getting back on track with posting and reading other posts and commenting and things, but I’m sure that will resolve itself over the next few days. :)

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I would tell you that I’m currently enjoying the sounds of guitar filling the house. John got a new amp yesterday, and he’s having a great deal of fun making a ruckus. :D

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I would tell you that, speaking of getting new things, I ordered myself a fabulous present yesterday. It probably won’t be in until Friday. (Yikes! Something else to wait for!) Anyone care to guess what I’ve ordered for myself that I’m impatient to have in my little hands?

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I would tell you that I have absolutely no plans for the 4th of July. Nothing. Nada. And I’m totally okay with that. I like fireworks as much as the next person, but I detest the crowds. And I would ask my American friends what their plans for the 4th are. :)

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I would tell you that Friday’s big news made me so overwhelmingly happy that I couldn’t stop soaking in all of those beautiful, supportive rainbows from people and companies on Facebook and Twitter even though I was at the lake and should have been avoiding social media altogether. :D

Click picture for link to source. :)

Click picture for link to source. :)

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I would tell you that Ashley furniture has finally started to be a bit responsive. We’ve gotten part of our money back to compensate for our troubles, and we’ll be receiving a brand new TV stand on August 8th (supposedly…let’s see if they pull the same tricks with this one). At least our TV is still off the floor. ;)

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And I would tell you that I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week until we meet for coffee again next Saturday. :D