Hi my name is Tess…and I am addicted to Pinterest

PINTEREST….

I along with a million plus other people are addicted to Pinterest. I love it. You can go on Pinterest search for whatever your little heart desires and you will most likely get a result. Take a look around your house. Do you have toys, gift wrap, tubberware all over??? You know you do. Search on Pinterest organization. You will find ideas for organization that you didn’t even know you could organize. You will be able to turn any space in your home into an organizational maze. Do you teach? BINGO….search what you are teaching and come back with a ton of ideas for charts, lessons, crafts, etc. Do you love to cook? You will have hundreds of pins you would like to try. Do you love to bake? You will have hundreds of pins you would love to try. Now do you have a bunch of pallets hanging around the house? You will find a ton of uses for pallets. I could go on all day what you can find.

NOW that you have your countless pins what do you do? When do you have to the time to tackle your ambitions? Do you have the finances to tackle your ambitions? Do you have the drive to tackle you ambitions? I have been successful when it comes to food. I have been able to accomplish a lot of the dinners and desserts I found. The biggest hit being fudge. I have done a few crafts and organizational things, but I want to do more.

Future…I am going to try hard to accomplish more of the things I pin. I have found a lot of things that I love that can be bought but I love making things. The kiddy art and craft side of me comes out. I will continue pinning and crafting….If you have found pins that you love and have accomplished please post. I would love to see them!! I will try to post more of mine!

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Holidays!!

Holidays…it is amazing how much we can pack into the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between eating your face off, getting a Christmas tree, putting up lights, listening to Christmas music 24/7, and buying presents. You can’t forget about getting together with your families. This year was a little different. I still did all the things above but I also worked at the storm center in Manahawkin which in the beginning of December started to turn into a toy drive. It was a very rewarding opportunity to help so many people with supplies for storm clean up and to make so many Christmas dreams come true for kids.

The day after Thanksgiving Brayleigh’s gravemarker was laid.

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It is beautiful.

We went to Smithville to see the light show and have dinner at Fred and Ethels a couple times this season. We saw Santa and he asked Lorelai what he wanted for Christmas. Her response was a bike for my friend Londyn. When asked again her response was a bike for my friend Jackson. Everytime you asked Lorelai what she wanted for Christmas she always said a bike for her friend Londyn. One time she said a gray bone for her dog Wave because he likes gray bones. This girl always amazes me. She has a huge heart. I love her so much.

As I sit here on the couch the night after Christmas I look back on this holiday season in remembrance. Remembrance for those we lost this year and those we have lost in past years.

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I am ready for the new year to be here.

New Year’s Eve…Bring on 2013

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Yes…December 31, 2012 is upon us. That would be my daughter on her New Year’s Eve hat. This past year as many of you know has been crazy with a capital C…

Last year at this time Sean and I were expecting our second daughter on April 16th. What we were not expecting is the loss of our precious Brayleigh. On March 28th it will be one year since we said hello to our baby that was born an angel. It is amazing what has happened in this past year. Between our loss of Brayleigh and the passing of both my Grandmother and Sean’s Nana. But with all the lows that were thrown at us on September 1st, Sean and I got married. It was a long time coming but we did it. We were suppose to get married in October but his brother was leaving for Air Force basic on September 11th. We pushed our wedding up to make sure he could be there to share in our day. It was a great day! Along with our wedding two of our friends got married in November.

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As I sit here watching the movie New Year’s Eve on New Year’s Eve I look back and remember last year but most importantly I’m looking forward to a year that I know will be our year. I start my new job on Jan 2nd. Which I am both excited and nervous about. Also like many people do on December 31st every year I will also be making resolutions for 2013. My resolutions are more like hopes and dreams for 2013. I hope for a healthy year for my family and friends. A year full of joy not sorrow. To not sweat the small stuff. There are so may things that happen that really don’t mean anything of significance.

Lastly I want to give out a few thank yous. Most importantly to my wonderful and caring husband. I may some times (well most of the time) be a little hard or a lot hard to deal with. I am pretty stubborn but you help me out in so many ways. I know that without you in my life this past year it would have been extremely difficult to pull through. A thank you for my beautiful loving daughter. Everyday she greets me with a smile and a hug. Without her in our lives I am not sure where we would be. She brings so much joy and laughter to us everyday! A thank you for our family. Our family is always a phone call away and they are all so amazing. Without their love and support together we all pulled through a few dark spots this year. Finally to our close friends. You were there to help pull us up when we were low and you were there to help us celebrate a high of getting married. You know exactly who you are and you know that we like you are a phone call away to help or celebrate. I also want to give a little shout out to my cousin and his girlfriend. I just found they got engaged today. I wish them many years of happiness. As you watch the ball drop in NYC tonight and kiss your loved ones. I wish you all a year of happiness and dreams come true.

God Bless!

Holidays!!

Holidays…it is amazing how much we can pack into the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between eating your face off, getting a Christmas tree, putting up lights, listening to Christmas music 24/7, and buying presents. You can’t forget about getting together with your families. This year was a little different. I still did all the things above but I also worked at the storm center in Manahawkin which in the beginning of December started to turn into a toy drive. It was a very rewarding opportunity to help so many people with supplies for storm clean up and to make so many Christmas dreams come true for kids.

The day after Thanksgiving Brayleigh’s gravemarker was laid.

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It is beautiful.

We went to Smithville to see the light show and have dinner at Fred and Ethels a couple times this season. We saw Santa and he asked Lorelai what he wanted for Christmas. Her response was a bike for my friend Londyn. When asked again her response was a bike for my friend Jackson. Everytime you asked Lorelai what she wanted for Christmas she always said a bike for her friend Londyn. One time she said a gray bone for her dog Wave because he likes gray bones. This girl always amazes me. She has a huge heart. I love her so much.

As I sit here on the couch the night after Christmas I look back on this holiday season in remembrance. Remembrance for those we lost this year and those we have lost in past years.

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I am ready for the new year to be here.

Homemade Christmas Gifts

As christmas approaches, I know it is not even Halloween yet, I have been finding some great homemade gift ideas on Pinterest. I am going to share a few on here. I plan on making a lot of these this year. They are all so cute and great ideas.

First is a glass ornament with a wedding invite in it.  I have already made a few of these and it only takes a few minutes. First you need to go to Michael’s or AC Moore and get glass ornaments.  If you are a teacher go to AC Moore show your teacher ID and get a discount. Take the wedding invite and cut it into strips.  Then take the strips and wrap them around a pen or pencil and put them into the glass ornament. Add a charm to the top and now you have a cute gift idea for the new bride and groom or a christmas gift for their first christmas together!

Second is Hand Painted Linen Towels. I love giving gift baskets as gifts or making them as auction ideas. Here is another great idea.

Materials

fabric paint, brushes, painter’s tape, water, drop cloth or craft paper, linen fabric, sewing machine, thread, pair of scissors

Directions :

Begin by cutting the linen into
the size of the item you’d like to make.  For a napkin, a 20-inch square is a standard size, and 24 by 30-inches works great for kitchen towels.

Allow 1-inch extra around the perimeter for the seam.  Place a piece of craft paper on your surface before beginning. Place the linen down and use painter’s tape to create
stripes.  For a ‘plaid’ effect you’ll need to do the perpendicular stripes in separate phases. To make the paint, mix the color you’d like to use, then dilute it with 2 parts water.  Dip your paint brush in the paint, then dab off until almost all of the liquid is off of the brush, leaving only a small amount coating the bristles.  This is called a dry brush method.  Lightly begin to brush the liquid on with even strokes.  Continue until all of the stripes are a homogeneous color and intensity. Remove the tape and repeat to complete your selected pattern.  Let the paint dry for several hours.  Hem the edges of the linens with a 1/2 seam.  Wash in cool water and press.

Capture your Grief in October for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

This October for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I’m hosting CAPTURE YOUR GRIEF 2012. If you have experienced the death of your baby/ies/child/ren, this project is designed just for you! It doesn’t matter whether you are only a week into this walk or you have been walking this road for 20 years, all are welcome to join in. Capture Your Grief is a 31 day photograph challenge. All you will need is the internet and a camera. It doesn’t have to be some big fancy DSLR – a phone camera or a pocket digital camera will be perfect. And if your camera is broken – you can still take part as in this project you are not required to take a new photo everyday.http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/2012/09/capture-your-grief-this-october-2012-for-pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness-month.html

I will be posting some of my days on here.

Day 5: memorial. This a garden that was planted this past father’s day. When we lost Brayleigh instead of flowers we asked people to donate to our garden. I used to work at a garden center so they took care of all the arrangements and planted it for us. That day was so emotional for us. This picture shows the love of all the people around us who supported us and continue to do. Thank you to everyone who has donated to make this beautiful garden.

Pink–Beam Me Up

The above link is to a you tube video.  I found this song on one of the support groups I belong to on Facebook. Have you heard a song that really hits on what you are going through or what you are thinking? This song did that for me today. I must of listened to it 20 times.  I love for one minute to be beamed up to hold Brayleigh. To see her eyes. I can only guess they might of been blue like her sister’s were. To have her grab my finger and hold like her sister did. To see her smile like her sister does.  Not only would I love to see Brayleigh, I would love to see my dad, grandmother, and Sean’s nana and pop pop. 
 
Leave a comment with a song that hits what you have been through or  are going through