Shut Up And Dance With Me

Personal Ramblings and Thoughts

The holidays is a very difficult time for me. For many years it hasn't been a time of happiness. Many may think it is for selfish reasons like not getting what I want, not receiving gifts, or the company in which I keep for Christmas. That simply isn't the case. The truth is, Christmas changed when I lost my grandfather. My mother's spirit changed. The decorations became less and less until it was a fight to have any decorations at all. It become opening presents and eating together, but retreating to separate parts of the house the rest of the time.

Erin Condren Haul And First Impression

Erin Condren Address Book

Michaels Haul and Review

Crafting Haul

Buying a Planner For The First Time

For each person the needs for a planner varies. One planner may work for one person, but be completely incompatible with someone else. Just as the uses change, the decoration that goes into a planner varies from person to person. So what would be my advice for someone purchasing a planner for the first time?

Avary's Challenge

Creative Writing Challenge

I was challenged by my wonderful daughter Avary and my other half +Nate McLachlan to complete the story. In the graphic above I have included the original post.


Erin Condren Life Planner

For Alabama there is four seasons: Summer, Spring, Winter, and Football. We are known for are crazy traditions from specific underwear to only eating specific things. I am what some will call a turncoat. I was previously an Auburn fan; however, I did support Alabama when the played anyone else. Some things have changed. I have become an Alabama fan. Once your daughter looks up at you and asks you to support her team, you just can't say no to that. There are many other reasons that others will not understand. All teams have their bad moments, but I just do not agree with some of Auburns antics anymore.

A Home For My Heart


With the big move getting closer and closer, I can't help but think of all the things that are waiting for me there. My boyfriend, friends, and my job are just a few. The holidays are quickly approaching. It leaves me wondering, if it were possible, just how I would decorate my new home. Granted, I will not be living in that home until after I am married; however, I am still in love with that house.

From Creepy to Enjoyment

Christmas Traditions

As my regular readers will know, this is my first Christmas with my daughter, Avary. Naturally that means that many things and traditions will be changing for me; however, I think this is the perfect time for alterations of what I am used to being called Christmas. My goal is to make this a very magical and memorable Christmas for all of us.

Let's Play a Game

Would You Rather Book Edition

1. Never be allowed to read the last chapter of a book, but be able to read as many books as you want, OR only be allowed to read one book a year, but be allowed to finish it?
-One book a year would be a joke. I can just use my imagination to finish the book in my mind.

Shopping Haul!!!

Shopping Hauls

I did a little shopping today and I thought I would share my goodies with everyone. I apologize that I do not have links for some of the items from Target, they do not post their dollar spot items online. Hope you enjoy a look into my shopping bags.

Remembering Coupons

Erin Condren Life Planner

Couponing is something very new for me. I received a few in the mail the other day and I was excited to use them. I stuck them in the clear pouch in my ECLP and didn't think anything else about them. I was wondering last night how I could effectively remember to use them on time. So I decided to use some page flags that I haven't had any idea what to do with.

That Sudden Overwelming Feeling

Clinical Depression is defined as a major mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and frustration that may interrupt every day life for days or weeks on end. It is not uncommon to find reoccurring depression symptoms in several generations of a family tree. With enough research, you can find a long line of depression within some families. If it is something hereditary, how can it be overcome? Many people view this topic differently. From therapy to medicine, there seems to be a strong difference of opinion on that subject matter.

I spent years carrying this image around because it was the
best description of how I felt.

What I Am Loving for the Month of October

The month of October was filled with crazy dips and turns; however, I have made it through. Some of my favorites do not have links with them, and I apologize for that, but these are the things I have been loving throughout the month.