Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My "Why" - An Unfiltered Look Into My Life


Hi friends! Today I felt prompted to share with you why exactly I decided to become a Distributor with It Works Global. This is from the heart, and I'll hope you'll read until the end. 
Why am I on a personal crusade to succeed in my business? What propels me forward?
Because when I was 9 months pregnant with Sutton, Joey was essentially forced to resign from his job when he wouldn't go along with the dishonest standards by which the company operated. I was a stay-at-home-mom, so we lost all source of income, as well as our health insurance...and I was about to bring our second child into the world. NOW, I have something to fall back on.

Because I know what it's like to depend on food stamps. To sell my furniture on Craigslist just to have gas money. To have an unexpected bill go through and, subsequently, be the girl who puts groceries back, one at a time in the checkout line as people behind me watch impatiently.
Because I want to leave a legacy for my children's children...so they won't have to share my aforementioned experiences.
Because when you watch your husband work an 80+ hour work week, be away from his precious children and tirelessly bear the burden of being the sole provider, you determine you WILL retire him or die trying. Because life is short and fragile, and no parent should have to miss watching their children grow.
Because I personally feel called to homeschool, and to braid Christ-centured values into my children's education. This requires generating income from the home, and not having the cost of childcare/schooling saturating a 9-5 paycheck.
Because, when you're introduced to a company that's founded on faith, and is UNASHAMED to say so, you take notice...because that doesn't happen very often. I understand what a PRIVILEGE it is to be part It Works, and I'm thankful for this company's generous spirit, compensation plan and bonuses.
Friends, I know what it's like to have too little, and I know what it's like to have more than enough. I know what it's like to be a working mom and a stay-at-home-mom. However, on the heels of uncertainty, my faith has remained constant. And now, as my own BOSS, I can use my business as a platform to glorify God through my finances, time and words.
I GET to share life-changing, healing products with people and watch their confidence return. I GET to rub elbows with THE most amazing, empowered women in Oklahoma.
I'm just a girl with big dreams - determined to keep my beautiful children by my side and my hardworking husband hand-in-hand while I work to bring him home.
This is not my hobby. This is my passion.
And now you know "why."
Join me or learn more at www.projectskinnypants.com. 

XOXO,

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Master Bedroom Tour + 5 Key Tips

The crickets have been chirping WAY too long over here at The Laundry Can Wait, and I miss you. 

What better way to return than with a decorating post - featuring one of my favorite rooms.

I decorated my bedroom to feel like a hotel, believe it or not. 

As a SAHM, I never get away. So, I wanted to create the essence that I was getting away after all - being pampered with room service, continental breakfasts and such. 

Because a girl can dream, right??

So, welcome to my bedroom. Here are my 5 tips for pulling the look together. 

1. Add the illusion of windows. 
 Who said you can't put curtains on a wall with no windows?? Go for it!


2. Less is more. 

I maximized the space I had by displaying LESS. Adding a BUNCH doesn't always deliver a PUNCH. I liked understating the dresser by simply propping up a piece that I loved. 



3. Add a statement piece that lends glamour and draws in your focus. 
I found this VINTAGE sunburst mirror at a garage sale, with no intention of displaying it above my headboard. But I sampled it there and loved it! 


4. Choose longer curtain panels. 
Hanging drapery at a high level creates the illusion of a taller ceiling. 


5. Old is NEW again. 
Guess what? 
This is the SAME bed Joey had BEFORE we got married 9.5 years ago,
the SAME comforter we picked out for our first married Christmas, and the SAME dresser and side tables we purchased from Mathis Brothers with our GARAGE SALE money 8 years ago, too. 

Distressing or dressing up what you already have is budget-friendly and really CAN work. 


Thanks for visiting! 

Now hurry along so I can mess it back up and fold the laundry.
Because THIS time, the laundry CAN'T wait. ;)


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XOXO,

Monday, June 9, 2014

$40 Entryway Makeover

Have you ever thanked God for a good deal? Is...is that just me?

I recently went garage saling, and on my list of Things I Want was a new table for my entryway. 

Something poised and grand. Without the poised and grand price. 

On this particular day, I stopped at a sparse-looking sale. It didn't look promising. 

But as I approached the garage, I saw this beautiful wooden table...

...WITH A $40 PRICE TAG. 

My eyes almost fell out of my head and rolled down the driveway. 

It was marked down because of this crack. However, I knew my runner would cover it perfectly.

I handed the seller two twenties, and we loaded this beauty into my SUV. 

These pictures were taken with my phone - forgive the blurriness. 

That's my office - straight ahead:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Update and A Blog Break

Hi friends!

As you may have noticed, I'm blogging a lot less these days.

And I'm going to step aside from blogging for awhile. 

You may see a post from me on a monthly basis, so I'm not disappearing altogether. :) 

I still enjoy blogging and really value all the friendships I have with you ladies.  

I'm in a season of my life where I need to cut out the things that take time away from what matters more...my family, my marriage and, yes, my sleep.
In the next ten weeks, Sutton will take gymnastics, Grayson will take karate lessons {fingers crossed he'll stick with it} and Joey and I will be involved in a church small group. These are ALL firsts for our family!! 

On these two days we have together, I don't want to be sidetracked about follow up emails and comments and fresh content...You get the picture. 

As for the other days, I'm finding that blogging isn't fitting in to my schedule that well.
If it does, I have to force it. 

But, I'll visit your blogs when I can, I pinky promise. 

And I'll leave you with this...

Joey and I actually went on ANOTHER date...TWO in one month. #Unprecedented 

We are wholeheartedly working on dating more and adding balance to our lives.
For me, right now, balance means blogging even less.  

Thanks for reading and for staying with me over time. 

XOXO

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy 9th Anniversary To Us!

What makes a date great? The one you're with, of course.

And last night, I was with the man I met during our very first day of college - 14 years ago.

Upon meeting this earring-clad boy, he told me he "had goats back home."

This city girl was like, "Whaaaaaat?" #YouveGotToBeKidding #Baaah

Despite these "minor details," Joey and I quickly became best friends. 

Inseparable. 

And everyone on campus wondered why we weren't dating. 
By the end of our freshman year in 2001, we eventually DID take our friendship to the next level. 

Then on March 12, 2005...nine years ago today...we got married. 
So last night, we went on a date to celebrate.

Let me say that again, because we nev-ver go on dates. 

LAST NIGHT, WE WENT ON A DATE!!

Joey's work schedule is not conducive for us to go out. I wish he had regular hours and normal work days, but he just doesn't. And since he works nearly 60 hours a week, we like to spend his days off as a family, doing things with the kids. 

We often have "movie nights" in the living room after the kids go down, but Date Nights?? 
Um. Not so much. 

Last night, my sister and her husband graciously watched the kids while we dined at Bellini's. 

We even dressed up for the occasion! I was GIDDY! 

I think we BOTH were. 

I felt like I needed a corsage or something.

:)

We took Stoplight Selfies.
With and WITHOUT sunglasses. Because, let's be thorough, people. 
We took individual pictures. Because CHEESY was okay on DATE NIGHT!
We took pictures of our food. Because, how often does one eat duck? {That was so Joey's.}
**And mine was just pretty.**
{I ate this. entire. bowl. of fettuccine alfredo. If that's wrong, then I don't wanna be right.}
I kept taking pictures, which I'm fairly certain is a date DON'T.

 But I said, "Hey, we've got to DOCUMENT this date. It may not come again until next year!"
And I hope another evening together does come sooner. But if it doesn't, that's okay, too. 

I'm just thankful for every day I have with Joey - the only man I've ever loved.

XOXO,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

***And Then It Was My Birthday***

This post is brought to you by an older and wiser Meredith, because my birthday was on January 21st! 

Can you guess how old I am now?? 28, 32, 36 or 41? 

I'll tell you at the end of the post. :)
Joey made my birthday extremely special. It was his day off, and we had a fun dinner out with the kids. 
Normally, we don't really get each other anything. But THIS year, the man surprised me with a few special gifts, as well as this painting I'd had my eye on. 
!!!
And then my sister spoiled me with this pretty statement necklace. 
When it comes to my family, my mom and I always celebrate our birthdays together {ours are 5 days apart}. 

Here we are at my sister's house on Saturday night.
Let me just tell you about my mom:
She's a gifted music teacher who teaches 7 different classes every day with some of the toughest behaved students. Despite her exhausting career, she makes time to visit nursing homes on Sundays after church. An animal lover to the core, she's historically taken in stray dogs and loved them unconditionally. My mom STILL puts us - her kids - before herself. She is selfless, gorgeous, generous and hilarious. I love you, Mom!! 
{Worth noting: While I AM a rockstar, those aren't guitars on my shirt.}

My birthday was spent hearing from my dearest of friends and family. I felt truly blessed and grateful for another year. 
So you see...This 32 year old got to have her cake and eat it, too. 


Until next time,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

6 Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall

I interrupt your New Year's workout regimen to bring you my updated {but never finished} gallery wall. 

Gallery walls are a popular trend...
...and if you're uncertain about starting your own, perhaps this post will encourage you to go for it. 

1. Select a space. 
Before you say "Duh," remember that a gallery doesn't always work well in just any room. Choose wisely.

2. Before you nail it, arrange it on the floor.
I did NOT follow this rule. And there are a LOT of unnecessary holes in my wall as a result.

3. The art doesn't have to be expensive. 
I found this lovely ship painting at a garage sale for $1! To this day, it's one of my favorite pieces.

4. Pick a theme or make the art compliment each other. 
From the dueling pistols to the English hunters, these pieces flow well...even if they don't specifically relate to one another. 
Side note: Emphasize this theme on a different or nearby place in your home for a seamless flow.

5. Make sure there is sufficient lighting.
You don't want people squinting, right?

6. Throw out these rules and just do whatever you want! 
If you LOVE something - yes, finger-painted pictures count - hang it. Be bold. Be YOU through your art. 

****I'm currently working on a smaller gallery wall in my bedroom.****
I'm so ready for Spring and all the garage sales that ensue!! 
{Garage and estate sales produce so much good art!}

Do you have an art wall? If so, tell us so we can take a peek.
If not, would you like to start one?

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Until next time,