Tween-Big Girl Bedroom Pinterest Inspiration

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Before I get to my Big Girl /Tween Bedroom Pinterest Inspiration, I wanted to remind you all about the Dazzling Deal Giveaway going on right now!  Be sure to enter for your chance to #win a $50 credit to the awesome deal site, DAZZLE ME DEALS!


Giveaway-Have you entered?!

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by!  Have you heard about the #giveaway going on right now?!  One lucky reader will win a $50 credit to Dazzle Me Deals, which basically means a LOT of shopping!  





To those of you thinking I'd fallen off the face of the earth, I have good news....I'm alive and well, and as of today, have officially re-opened the blog. I've missed you guys terribly and hope everyone is happy, healthy, and off to a great start this new year.  

If you're stopping by for the first time, I give you a big smile and say welcome friend!  You're here just in time for a GIVEAWAY!


Yellow Friday is HERE!

I'm excited to share one of the best shopping events of the season: Yellow Friday, hosted by The Chirping Moms! 

Yellow Friday is a weekend long shopping event FULL of great deals. The Chirping Moms got together 35 fabulous places to shop online & all of them are offering big discounts for their event. A lot of the stores are also offering items in a GIANT giveaway. That's happening over on their site, so be sure to go enter! 

Why wait for Black Friday when you can shop all of these wonderful small businesses now? This is a chance to sit back, relax & get your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your own home. It's easy to shop the deals, because all 35 stores are using the same coupon code: chirpholiday

Below you will find each company/ Etsy shop participating, an idea of what they sell & what their Yellow Friday deal is. Just click on the store name & it will take you right over to their site to shop. ALL of the stores are using code: chirpholiday (unless a different code is noted)

Happy shopping everyone!

Yellow Friday Deals 2013
1. Artterro:  Eco-friendly art kids
20% off
2. Bitty Birdie Boutique: Overstock designer children's clothing at fantastic prices.
$10 off $50 purchase + FREE SHIPPING

3. Bleu Collar Paperie:  Paper goods and more

4. Blocks Paper Paints:  Fun home decor for every occasion 
20% off 

5. Bridier Baubles: Accessories perfect for any occasion

6. CP Toys:  Online toy shop
(excludes Playmobil, Thomas & Friends, Melissa & Doug, Lego & sale items)

7. Designed to Shine:  Custom Jewelry and accessories

8. D & L Designs:  Hand stamped flatware and hidden message bracelets
10% off

9. Felted Kitten: Eco-friendly felt crowns and handmade goods
25% off

10. Flutterbye Prints:  Personalized prints, teacher gifts, and more

11. From the Heart Creations:  Custom appliqu├ęd clothing
30% off

12. Instathis:  Instagram photos printed on wood, aluminum, or coasters  
30% off 

13. Lil Bean Baby Boutique:  Custom boutique baby items
10% off

14. Lion and Lamb:  Handmade kids t-shirts
25% off

15. Loveliest Littles:  Infant and children's clothing and accessories
25% off all orders $10 or more

16. Minted: Holiday cards

17. Miss Monogram:  Personalized gifts and accessories
20% off

18. Olivia and Owen:  Kids' boutique clothing
50% off

19. One Good Name:  Personalized placemats
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Placemat Downloads
Place coupon code in the NOTES section & you will receive a message on how to redeem free mats

20. Opposite of Far:  Play masks and tails
15% off + FREE GIFT with purchase over $40

21. Pearls & Petit Fours:  Decorative pillows and banners

22. Pennymeade: Classic children's clothing
25% off

23. Pop Pops Furniture Co:  Hand-crafted children's furniture
15% off Animal Stools

24. Preppy Paper Girl: Monogrammed and paper gifts
25% off

25. RAKA Mod:  Furniture and decor for the modern home
20% off

26. Shiloh Design Company: Handmade picture frames and home decor
20% off + discounted shipping

27. Sila Boutique:  Online shopping boutique catering to moms and children
15% off

28. Smock Your Tot:  Clothing and accessories for children, youth, and ladies

29. Starlight Woods: Eco-friendly jewelry
15% off

30. Three 1 Seven Designs:  Unique home accessories and decor
20% off

31. Tiny Dancer: Beautiful leotards & skirts
$5 off $20 Purchase

32. Truly Sanctuary:  Unique shirts for the whole family
30% off

33. Wavy Navy:  Custom wood signs, photo frames, and clocks
20% off

34. Whole Wide World:  Hand-stamped coffee mugs and tea cups
15% off items $14 or more

35. Wren's Nest Creations:  Handmade baby shoes for boys and girls
15% off


NaBloPoMo November {Typing Your Heart Out}

You're probably looking at this thinking, "What?! She's alive?" Yes friends, I'm alive and well and officially back to the business of blogging. Okay, Okay, so I said it before.. but this time I really am back. Perhaps as some time passes I'll be able to share the reason behind my little hiatus....because trust me, it was a doozy {however you spell that}.  But for now, because it's a bit of a sore subject, I'll temporarily keep it to myself. Suffice it to say it involves life changing experiences and a possible big move. On that note, I'm definitely open to suggestions of great places to live/work around the country.  It could be time for a really BIG change....

In the meantime, I'm linking up with BlogHer for NaBloPoMo November!

NaBloPoMo Prompts


That time I messed up....

Welcome Friends! I'm glad you're here and hope you're having a fabulous Friday!  Guess who screwed up scheduling their Wednesday post, and then got busy and forget to post Thursday?  Any guesses? Yeah, yeah, it was me.  Seriously though, am I the only one that goes in, schedules, then notices a change needs to be made, so I go back in, edit, and then somehow it's not scheduled anymore?  I'm going to take a leap and guess that it's probably operational error on my end, but I swear I can't figure out why that keeps happening.  Anyway, enough of my blog operation drama....time for a little Blogtember catch-up.

So, without further ado, Blogtember prompt #25:  Write about a time you screwed up - a mistake you made 

Needless to say, I didn't have a shortage of material with this topic.  Lord knows it's true, that I've made some  lots of mistakes over the years.  One that I look back on and laugh about, was the time I decided to sneak a cigarette....at 14 yrs. old.  Keep in mind that no-one in my family smoked so our's was definitely a non-smoking household {this information will be important in the story}.

The ironic part of this incident is that, growing up, I was the parent-pleaser, the rule follower, the quiet child who stayed out of trouble.  Where I got the idea to smoke I'll never know.  It's like one of those cartoon devils popped over my shoulder.

So.....there I was, age 14, sitting on the couch having just returned from Florida with my family.  I was really loving it because my sister and brother had stayed an extra day with my aunt and uncle, giving me free reign of the house and time alone with Mama and Daddy.  That night, after my parents went to bed, for some strange reason, I got to thinking about those cigarettes just sitting there.  Maybe because they were so out of place?  So forbidden perhaps?  One of my dad's workers had been at the house working and left them when he came in to wash his hands.  Mama put them on the counter for my Dad to take back to the man.

I started wondering what I'd look like with it, or if I could do that cool smoke curl like Frenchy in "Grease."  I'll tell you right now, it didn't end pretty....definitely NOT with any smoke curls. And also, I looked like a moron, but I'm jumping ahead.

Scary Hair'd Me @ age 14

Long story short, I grabbed a cigarette, some fireplace matches and headed to my brother's room {the one on the opposite end of the house from my parents}.  Instead of opening up the window to his room or turning on a fan/vent, I locked myself in the bathroom and lit up.  I may have taken 2 small puffs before thinking, "this sucks," and flushing it down the toilet. But those two puffs were enough to get me in big trouble.

At that point I probably should have sprayed some air freshener or something....but I didn't.  Instead, I headed back to the living room and piled up on the couch to watch a movie.  You can guess about how many seconds it took my dad to come barreling out of the bedroom saying, "Oh my gosh! Do you smell smoke?"  Ummm, no Dad, I definitely do NOT smell smoke.  I guess I was a smoker AND a liar apparently.

My stomach in knots, Daddy trying to find the 'fire,' I knew the jig was up when I saw Mama walk out.  She didn't play when it came to discipline and she could read me like a book.  One glance at my face and she was saying, "Trin, what did you do?!"

I had a whole lot of explaining I had to do that night, and was more embarrassed than anything.  Needless to say, I didn't try anything like that again.  So there it is, one of many screw ups from my past.  Now it's your turn.....anyone else do something sort of stupid?  :-)

Until next time....


The Story that gave me HOPE

Happy Tuesday Friends, and thanks so much for stopping by.  It's day 24 of Jenni's Blogtember Challenge, where the prompt is:  REVIEW A BOOK, PLACE, OR PRODUCT.  

Being that I literally carry around books in my purse {get an e-reader already, right? lol} I could do book reviews all day long.  Though I usually read fiction...you know, mystery, murder, and mayhem?....I also enjoy other genres.  One of my all time favorites is the book "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo..  If you've never read it, be prepared for chill bumps...no matter what you believe.

It's the story of Colton, a pastor's four year old son who experienced heaven during surgery.  He came back sharing things he couldn't possibly have known:  meeting the sister his mom miscarried, talking with a grandfather he'd never met, and a truly miraculous similarity with another child, half a world away.

I seriously read it in less than 2 days because I just couldn't put in down.  At the time, I was still reeling from multiple miscarriages {I shared that experience here}.  Colton's story helped put things into perspective and reminded me that I'll see my loved ones again.  

So if you're looking for entertainment, inspiration, and a whole lot of hope, I highly recommend you read 'Heaven is for Real."  You won't regret it.

Have a happy Monday friends!

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