It's Friday! It's Friday! (go ahead. Sing along with me!)

This week I wanted to share a few great links to things I have found online, that you just might like!

Up first is S'mores On A Stick that Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom shared. Seriously. These are so good and a breeze to make!

Have you seen this video? My sweet husband sent me a link to a YouTube video. It's Mandisa singing 'Overcomer'. Alex so knows my heart and mind, and knows just what I needed to hear.

Did you see this free printable from Designs By Miss Mandee? Yep. It's awesome and its free.

And finally,  do you read Momastry? This blog is seriously so good. Like, your favorite dessert and it not having any calories or bad stuff, good. I can read Momastry and laugh and cry and then also want to change the world, all at the same time!

Have a great Friday. Remember you are loved!

Don't Just Be Busy

This week has been busy - lots of busyness going on. I am teaching Art classes this week and that is definitely keeping on my toes!  Just being busy is defiantly not a good thing...

I called and talked with my Therapist on Monday. *sigh* She has been reminding me that just being busy isn't really a good thing. Be busy doing things you love.

When I started taking care of my parents about 3 years ago, I ended up giving up time doing things I loved because it was just too hard to get everything done in one day. Little by little I gave up my life - and would absolutely do it again if I needed to help them again! My point is, I just kinda started going through the motions of life, and not really making time to do the things that light my life up.

My Therapist encouraged me to make a list of 9 items that I miss doing and then add an item that I would love to do, but never had. Brilliant.

Run & workout with my trainer

Scrapbook (its been almost a year since I made a 'real' scrapbook page

Work on my Photography

Spend more time at my Store

Cook & Eat Clean

Read Books (last year I read less than 5 books, all year!)

Volunteer at Picture Parent & March of Dimes

Get back into a Life Group at Church

Write More Letters & Cards 

Learn Upholstery 

This is my list. My 9 to do + 1 to learn. I am working on making goals and time lines for these items. But honestly? I think this list is a true representation of things I truly want to do and learn. To be busy without just being busy, you know? 

How about you? As an adult, have you reevaluated what you are doing or not doing? Maybe its time to set a new goal and get to working towards it.

God Bless the USA

Happy July 4th! I hope you are enjoying this day with those you love!

God Bless America!

Alex and I are headed to Dallas with friends for a Texas Rangers game. I cannot wait! Box seats + friends? Yes, please!

I found some great reads and links this week around the web that I wanted to share. Take some time and check them out. You won't regret it! 

1. Have you heard of the Lively Podcast? I have recently come across this podcast, by Jess Lively, and have been working my way through all the episodes. The podcast is all about living your life with value based intention. Definitely check this podcast out.

2. Jen Hatmaker. This woman is taking the world by storm with her books, blogs and all around quirkiness. Jen loves Jesus and that makes me love her even more. She champions goodness and well - goodness is a good thing. Check out her new book, For The Love. It comes out August 18 but I went ahead and preordered it thru Amazon. You will want to as well. Trust me.

3. Are you on Fit Bit? I have a Fit Bit for awhile now but really am only now starting to use it like I should. Late to the game, again. I love it! Most days I am somewhere between 8,000 - 10,000 steps a day. And being able to track my sleep? Awesome. Are you on Fit Bit? Leave your Fit Bit name/email in the comment section and we can cheer each other on.

4. Ali Edwards Story Kit this month is out of this world.  The theme is Go and I have found so much inspiration from her this month. Best $20 I have spent this month. Check it out here.

5. Have you seen this from the Sugar Box? 16 Celebrity Lookalikes that Will Totally Creep You Out. I laughed so hard! Best chuckle I have had all week!

Have a great long weekend, friends. Take time to celebrate with those you love & laugh. But also take time to remember just how blessed we are to live in the U.S.A.

Minted + Father's Day

I love giving gifts.

But I especially love giving gifts that have been thought out and chosen with care.

I'm not so much into running to the convenient store and grabbing the first thing I see.

With Fathers Day quickly approaching (June 21st) , I thought I would share some great thoughtful gifts that I found over at Minted. Any of these art prints would be perfect for Father's Day for the great Dad in your life!

I chose these items with my Dad in mind. He loves all things cowboy, rustic and Texas. I can easily see any of these prints hanging in his office, above his desk.

Personal - check.
Easy to order - check.
Ships quickly - check.

I have ordered from Minted several times, and let me tell you - I am never disappointed. I love that you can choose to receive you order framed or not and the size is customizable as well.

My last order was for our Christmas cards and we have received so many compliments on the design. I know no doubt that once you look through the Minted website you will be able to find the perfect gift for your dad for Father's Day.

I will share what I end up ordering my Dad after Father's Day. I know he reads here and I don't want to spoil the surprise for him!

Have you ever ordered from Minted? Share with me what you ordered - I am always looking for great gift ideas!

This post has been sponsored by Minted I received a Minted credit for in exchange for my time and honest review. All opinions and views are my own.

If you don't make a list

Can you believe Summer is already here? It's crazy how fast time flies by these days. Last year my family made a Summer Bucket List and it helped keep us on track of how we wanted to spend the lazy days of Summer.

Who am I kidding? The summer will fly by, but atleast with a list we will have something to look at and give us a goal.

You can see last years Bucket List here.

Go see the musical TEXAS


Redecorate Ben's room

Camp Out

Catch up on Project Life

Baseball Games

Hit the Lake

Read, Read, Read

Cook At Home

Drive (this is specifically for Ben)

Get Back Home to Louisiana

More Movies

Less Screen Time

This list included ideas from the entire family. Some we will accomplish - some we will have a great time trying! 

How about you? Do you have a Summer Bucket List?