January 23, 2018

Finding the perfect Planner

Hello there.
How many of you use a planner to keep your life, finances, 
blog, etc. in order?
I can't live without my Create365 Happy Planner, now there are many planners out on the market and I am in no way affiliated with the good folks who created the Happy Planner, nor am I getting any compensation for telling you about it, I just wanted to share what I love about it and give you my honest opinion/review.

First of all, I began using a Happy Planner last year and quickly decided that it was the product of choice for me, so when December of 2017 rolled around, I began my search for my next Happy Planner for 2018. 
What is a Happy Planner you might ask? Well, it is a beautiful planner that allows you to decorate it with the cutest stickers, add extras like pocket folders, pen holders, etc. It has a monthly layout so you can see the entire month at a glance, but also has a unique layout for each week that allows you to customize each day by morning, mid-day and evening plans/events.
 Here is a glimpse at mine.

The inside of each tabbed cover is beautifully detailed and each one different!

There is plenty of space to add stickers and embellishments to plan your week out easily, each day has room for morning, mid-day and evening plans.

Here is just a small sampling of all the great stickers available for your planner!

 I also use my Silhouette Cameo and it's print & cut feature to create my own stickers and pinterest has a ton of free planner printables to chose from! The sky is the limit, here are a few sites that I have found that offer free planner printables that I just love!

 1. pinkpixelgraphics.com
2. Burlapandblue.com
3. Freeprettythingsforyou.com
4. Planninginspired.com
5. Planneronelove.com

Just to name a few, so many more can be found by simply searching Pinterest! 
I also love checking out Michaels and Hobby Lobby for their latest collections as well as downloading or printing their 40% off coupon to use on one full price item, who doesn't love a good deal? Am I right? Of course!
Here are just a few extra's you can get to personalize your planner even more


When you have a busy schedule, whether you are using your planner for home, School, Bill planning, Meal prep and planning, Homeschooling, Business/Blogging or whatever the case may be, I find the MAMBI Create 365 Happy Planner my go-to planner for all my needs and it is so much fun decorating it. 
Below is an example of how to use the weekly planning part of the planner. You can make it as simple or as bright and bold as you like, add more stickers, quotes, embellishments or fewer, it's up to you!

I hope that this blog post encourages you to search out what planner works best for you and if you haven't put your hands on a Happy Planner yet, what are you waiting for? Check it out!
Happy Planning!

November 10, 2017

Herbed Turkey Breast Recipe

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching I wanted to share with my readers one of my favorite recipes that is delicious and presents itself beautifully on the table. 
This recipe is one that I found in my Taste of Home recipe book several years ago. 
This is even a great recipe to cook any night for dinner, doesn't have to be Thanksgiving!

You can download this recipe for printing by clicking on this link, Herbed Turkey Breast 
If you give this recipe a try, I'd love to hear from you, let me know what you thought by leaving me a comment on this post.

**This post is being shared as part of my smiley360 mission #smiley360 #smileythanks #freeproductsforhonestreviews

From my family to yours~
Happy Thanksgiving!

September 26, 2017

 Home Sweet Tennessee Home

Tennessee is where my family calls home, we love it here, we live in a small, rural town where you know everyone. It is beautiful here this time of year as the leaves begin changing colors. In honor of my favorite place to live, I wanted to make a printable to share with all of my Tennessee lovin' peeps out there, I have traveled to many places, but Tennessee is where I will always call my home!
To download this free printable, click here

[Disclaimer: All free printables on my blog are free for personal use only, please do not claim them as your own, alter them, or sell them without permission. If you share these on your blog or any other social media platform, please link back to the original blog post and not the downloadable link.]

August 22, 2017

Fall Subway Art Printables [2017]

Hello Guys & Gals,
It's almost my favorite time of the year- Fall!!!! 
I can hardly wait for pumpkin spice and cinnamon candles, hot cocoa sippin' by the cozy fireplace, curled up under my favorite homemade quilt with a good book; or spending weekends sitting by the fire pit with the kids, roasting marshmallows; hayrides, the beautiful trees here in Tennessee changing colors!
Ugh, come on already! 

Fall is not only my favorite Season to spend time doing things like that, it is also my favorite time to decorate the house, all the beautiful Fall decor just makes your house warm and inviting, I always make several free printables to share with my little 'ol blog followers and "passers-by"  [is that even a word?, it is now!] 
and this year is no exception. I can't wait to get all of my Fall decorations out if the attic
 [and probably buy more to add to my collection]
Shhh! Don't tell the hubby! 
Here is a couple free printable options that I made just for you, please remember all of my free printables are for personal use only. See disclaimer at the end of this post.
Thanks so much for continuing to support me to do what I love!

Download Here
Orange Fall Subway Art Print 8x10 PERSONAL USE ONLY

Download Here
Wooden Background Fall Subway Art Print 8x10 PERSONAL USE ONLY
 To download either [or both] of the prints, please click on the picture or Here

[Disclaimer: All free printables on my blog are free for personal use only, please do not claim them as your own, alter them, or sell them without permission. If you share these on your blog or any other social media platform, please link back to the original blog post and not the downloadable link.]

August 12, 2017

Free Guest Room Printables

We are re-doing our guest bedroom and bathroom in our house, so that when we have family or friends stay with us, they will be more comfortable and in a more beautiful room, We decided on dark gray walls, white trim in the bedroom with comfy bedding (still looking for the perfect set) The bathroom will have the same color gray walls with white bead board half way up the wall, dark cabinet and a solid surface counter top with antique looking faucet. Going for the Chip and Joanna Gaines look. I will post pictures of the room when finished, I did however make a couple of guest room prints that will coordinate with our make over and thought I'd share them with you, They are free to download and use (for private use only) If you share them, please link back to this original blog post and not the downloadable link. I appreciate it, that way, I can continue to keep offering free printables. As many of you know (if you read my last blog post, my husband was diagnosed with cancer, so we've had a lot going on, so please forgive me, if I neglect my blog from time to time. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
I hope you enjoy your free printables and if you use them in your own home, send me a picture here in the comments ( I love seeing my handy-work in your home) 
Be Our Guest 8x10

Stay Awhile 8x10   
To download these free printables, click here


August 4, 2017

How Cancer has changed our lives

     Welcome back, I know it's been a while....My family and I have gone through a lot of changes since February of this year. To start of telling you about our journey...I have to back up...November of 2017, my husband (age 39) started having night sweats and feeling tired all the time, I encouraged him after a while to go to the doctor to first test his testosterone levels and if that came back good, have his thyroid checked (those where the only two things that I suspected could possibly be the culprit at his young age) never suspecting the worst.
By the time he went to the doctor, his lymph nodes in his lower neck had swollen, the doctor didn't run any scans, did blood work to check his testosterone levels and gave him an inhaler, telling him it was probably just a bug he caught and that he should be better within the week...we were awaiting the test results to come back on the testosterone levels when my husband called me and said he was in horrible pain and needed me to come home, I took him to our local Emergency room about midnight after the pain didn't stop, they ran a CT scan without contrast thinking it was kidney stones....no stones found, they said it was probably viral and they gave him a pain shot and some nausea meds and sent him home, the next day the pain started all over again and began increasing, I drove him to the E.R. the next town over, because it is a little better than our small town E.R. They ran a CT scan there this time with contrast dye of his lower abdomen...they told him that they found an area on his spleen that didn't look right, but because he had been in a severe wreck several years ago, it could be scar tissue from that wreck, to have an ultrasound down and to come back in 6 weeks for another one to compare the two, to see if there is any change. Now, at this point...we are thinking "Maybe it is just viral and  maybe we are over thinking this thing" they sent him home with a prescription for pain pills, the following day was better, the pain pills kept the pain at bay. The following day, I return from the grocery store to find him in unbearable pain, he could hardly stand up, he told me "I don't know what is going on, but they are missing something!" I had our older daughter get her little brother and take him home with her and we headed out for the next best hospital in Nashville, Tennessee which is about an hour and a half away. When we arrived at their emergency department, we had to wait for over an hour with my husband in so much pain, he couldn't even sit, finally they got us back and started listening to our story of how many emergency room visits, CT scans, etc....the doctor listened to the symptoms that my husband had been having, he ordered more testing....he came in and said, I am fairly certain that you have Lymphoma, but we are still waiting on the rest of the test to confirm. Our lives stopped for a moment, we looked at each other with tears running down our faces, I knew in that moment that our lives and our children and family's lives would never be the same. The doctor came back in after a little while and said, "The tests are back, it isn't Lymphoma like we thought, I'm sorry, but you have lung cancer!"
In my head I was thinking, "Is that worse?" "What does that mean?" "Was Lymphoma better?"
I finally choked back my tears and said, "Ok, what can we do?, what do we do for it?"
He told us he was going to admit him to keep him comfortable, run more test and we'd meet with an Oncologist the following day. We learned that the pain had come from a blood clot that was formed by the type of cancer he had, it caused his blood to thicken and resulted in a massive blood clot that thankfully went to his spleen instead of his heart or brain or he would of died instantly. That is what the other hospital was seeing in their CT scan, but failed to recognize it.

      We didn't tell anyone that first night, we stayed up and talked and mostly cried the entire night, it was unbearably painful and numbing all at the same time, we were in a state of shock,  it was the longest night of our lives, the pain of uncertainty and what we were going to do and how we were going to do it was overwhelming...how would we tell our children. The following day, it was confirmed by the Oncologist (Cancer Specialist) that he had stage 3b Adenocarcinoma of the Lung, that had also spread to the lymph nodes in his neck and chest. we called for his Mother and Step-Father to come to the hospital, so we could tell them, to prepare them to be supportive of our children when we told them.
It was a hard conversation to have, but I think trying to remain calm and strong enough to tell our children was the worst, Our daughter is 22 and our son is 12, we told them together, we tried our best to answer their questions with optimism, even though we had no idea what we were facing or how this story was going to end.
After returning home and going back to meet with Oncology team, it was decided that they would do 4 rounds of chemo (once a week for 4 weeks) and if he didn't respond to that, he would be gone in 6 months to a year. I was mad, he was young, text book perfect health before this cancer diagnosis and we weren't giving up that easily. We started with his first round of Chemo, within a three week period, he began having major DVT's almost filling his right leg with blood clots, then he threw multiple ones to his lungs, which Thankfully were small enough that it didn't obstruct his breathing completely, we had to have an emergency procedure to put in an IVC filter, it is designed to catch any large blood clots from entering the heart, lungs or brain and it isn't without it's risks to, at this point, we were just trying to keep him alive to fight the cancer, it was overwhelming and scary,  We finally were able to get him stable and  home long enough to start looking into other facilities that could do more that what Nashville was planning on doing. We tried get into MD Anderson in Texas as it was rated #1, but because he had already started chemo, he would have to complete and fail all four rounds before they could accept him into their program, we didn't have to time to waste, we contacted The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta, Georgia and they accepted him, even though it was out of our insurances network, they told us that they had assistance to help pay for the costs and that it could possibly cover all of what our insurance wouldn't pay.  We decided to travel to Georgia for a consultation, meet with the team of Oncologist and hear what their plan was and make a decision to seek treatment options with them or stay with Nashville.
     After, being at CTCA and meeting their doctors, it was evident to us that he could get the best care there, They don't just treat the cancer, they treat the whole body and that was important to us both.
They decided to do 32 rounds of radiation and 5 rounds of chemo, we would have to stay at a hotel in the Metro Atlanta area for 7  1/2 weeks, now came the hard part (not that any of this was easy)  our 12 year old son was still in school, and our 22 year old daughter worked 12 hours shifts at a job she hadn't been at long, so it was feasible for her to take off,  we made the tough decision to leave our son with my husband's mother and head to Georgia without any of our children to start this next chapter in our journey. We were able to come home a couple of times and spend the weekend with our kids, but it was a short, turn around trip...our driving to and from would usually take 6 hours or more with the wonderful Atlanta traffic (nightmare)
At this point in our journey, after countless bumps in the road that I am leaving out...
as of right now, my husband is in remission!!!!! That's right REMISSION!
With that being said, they told us it would eventually come back and probably somewhere else, The grace of God has gotten us this far and I am praying that it never returns or that if it has to, that it is many, many years from now. I want to grow old with this man, we were high school sweethearts, married at 19  (he was 18) I cannot imagine my life without him.

     We return at the end of this month for another scan to make sure he is still in remission, he still has bad days, his health isn't great, the chemo and radiation has been hard on his body and organs, but he is able to work some and do some things around that house and for that I am grateful, not for my benefit, but for the simple fact that he is still here and is still able......to be continued.............

If you have cancer and would like to share your story, leave me a comment. I'd love to hear what your experience has been. God Bless
#Godisgood #cancersucks #adenocarcinomawareness

**Update May 3, 2018**
We return to CTCA in Atlanta this coming week for follow up scans, we've been doing this every three months, for the past year, if these scans come back good, then we will be able to start going every six months...this has been a long, hard journey...there has been some wonderful blessings as a result of this cancer though and I'd like to share those as well, first of all to be diagnosed with stage 3b-4 lung cancer and given six months to a year to live, to being in remission within a few months is a blessing in of itself (Praise God) This diagnosis made us stop and think about how we were living our lives, how we were failing ourselves in our own marriage by not spending quality time together, taking each other for granted, etc. We started going to church together as a family, as a result, both of our children accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and were saved (Praise God)  We slowed down, stopped arguing over things that didn't really matter and started spending more quality time together, making memories, taking pictures and just loving each other. We are not promised tomorrow, we don't know how this chapter in our lives will end, but I am thankful that we are writing "our story" together. To be continued................

January 28, 2017

It's been a while since I've shared a free printable, so I thought it was long overdue. As I get older, [ahem, 40 already! where did the time go] I find that some of the best nights out are well...nights in! Now, don't get me wrong, I love nights out with the girls or with my hubby, but some nights are great to just curl up on the couch in your pj's and enjoy a couple [or three] glasses of Moscato and watch a good movie or two. 
The free printable that I am offering is an 8x10 and comes in two color options [gray and blue] they both look great framed and hanging on the wall as a fun reminder of those great nights relaxing at home. I hope you enjoy! To download, please click here,
 if you share these, please link back to this original blog post. 
Thanks so much! Now, on to the free printables!

October 28, 2016

Fall Projects using my Silhouette Cameo

It's been a while since I've posted, I must confess...since getting my Silhouette Cameo, I've been super busy making stuff for myself, my friends, family; and selling stuff like crazy...
this is my new addiction!
I wanted to share with you just a few things that I have made this Fall season

 Personalized Pumpkin
For this project, I used a faux pumpkin that I purchased at my local department store, you can use a real pumpkin if you prefer, I cut our last name out Oracle 651vinyl,
  using the font Magnolia Sky

Fall Sign
 This project was done by purchasing a
 "chalk board" sign at my local department store, I purchased and downloaded the chevron pumpkin cut file from etsy and cut it out of Oracle 651 vinyl
 and I made a cute bow from this Fall inspired ribbon. I also made a few personalized ones for friends by taking the "Happy Fall" out and replacing it with their last name. 
This project was a very popular one!

Monogrammed Aztec Pumpkin Raglan
  This project was one of my favorite, 
I used htv (heat transfer vinyl) in light orange
and purchased the aztec pumpkin cut file online, personalized it with my monogram using my silhouette cameo software.
This raglan shirt is one of my favorite to wear with my Fall boots, boot socks and skinny jeans.  

If you haven't purchased a Silhouette Cameo yet, well...you don't know what you are missing and if you own one, try one of these cute projects, I'd also love to see what great projects you come up with!

Happy Fall Y'all!
~Brandy Jones   

June 28, 2016

Fourth of July: Food & Fun

Our Fourth of July celebration starts with a family reunion, then we head out to our lake house for a cookout with family and friends. Just before dark, we load up the pontoon boat and head out across the lake to watch a beautiful firework show, which is amazing to watch on the water. 
We never forget the fact that we are able to celebrate this holiday with the freedom that we have as Americans, because of the men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for that very freedom, so to every service man and woman. Thank You for all of your sacrifices and to those who never made it home, we salute you!

The Food: 

Fresh Fruit & Pretzels

Corey at FamilyFreshMeals.com
has made this easy little dish for you to set out for your next Fourth of July get together, how cute is this? and it doesn't get any easier..oh wait, it does because, she even includes a printable recipe card! 

Patriotic Peppermint Patties

Heather from Mom on Timeout has shared with us this fabulously sweet treat that is colored up perfectly for the Fourth of July, These Patriotic Peppermint Patties are the perfect sweet treat or after dinner mints, 
she includes a printable recipe card as well! 

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad
with Mint Honey-Lime Dressing 
Christin from Spicy Southern Kitchen shared this deliciously refreshing dish with us and includes a printable recipe card as well. This looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

Buzzed Cherry Bombs
What a fabulous idea to get a nice buzz on and the cherry infused vodka left over from making this is still a usable drink, so hey! it's a win. win! If you'd like this fabulous recipe, head on over http://frostingandasmile.com and get it. 
(Click on the picture for the direct link)

 Now For The Fun:

From Decorations to fun stuff for the kids to make and do, I have found a little something for everyone!

 Easy Patriotic Luminaries

Look at these cute patriotic Luminaries that Melissa from Keep Calm and Decorate shared with us. How cute are these?
  For complete instructions, click on the picture to be taken to the website to show you step by step how to make these patriotic luminaries!

 Patriotic Tin Cans
This is the easiest and most patriotic way to serve your fancy Summer silverware
 (aka: Plastic forks, spoons & knives)
Head on over to Stockpilingmoms.com to get the directions on these and say "hi" to Melissa and Shelley while you are there!

Sparkle & Shine

 Who doesn't love a little sparkle & shine on the Fourth of July, over at aliceandlois.com you will find this cute printable for you to place your sparklers in to  hand out to guest at your Fourth of July gathering! 
(Click on picture for direct link to the blog)

Fun for the Kiddos


Head on over to skip to my lou to find these great little patriotic ideas for the kiddos to make!
Keeps them busy having fun and they get to help with the decorating, it's a win.win!
(Click on the picture for these & more projects) 

I hope everyone has a safe 
& Happy Fourth of July Holiday!
~Brandy Jones

 **Please note: All of the links & pictures used in this blog post are not my own, these are just some wonderful blog posts/pictures that I wanted to share. I am in no way compensated by the blog owners of these featured post, if your picture or blog was featured on this post and you would like it removed, please send me an email at [brandy1976jones@gmail.com]**

June 5, 2016

Free Silhouette Cut Files

I love creating my own Silhouette cut files, but I also love searching the internet to find creative designs made and shared by others, You can use cut files in many different ways by using different types of vinyl, for example, you can apply these designs to shirts, tote bags & hats by using htv (heat transfer vinyl) or on coffee mugs and hard surfaces by using 651 vinyl 
(Permanent outdoor adhesive vinyl) and you can also apply these designs to things likes walls using 631 vinyl (Non-permanent vinyl) so that it can be easily removed when ready.
Here are a few that I have found and love.

Creating a sign using 651 vinyl
Christine from Where the smiles have been
is offering this great Silhouette cut file along with a step by step tutorial on her blog, find the tutorial and free cut file here 
It makes the perfect sign for your home and is free for personal use only! 

 Projects using HTV & More
 Dawn from Dawn Nicole Designs is not only offering this hand lettered cut file for free, but she shows you several different projects by using different vinyl and applying it to different products! Find her post and free cut file here
This file is free for personal use also!

 Patriotic Cut File (HTV)
 Melissa from the Silhouette School Blog is offering this awesome Free Cut File just in time for Independence Day! How cute is this? I can't Thank Melissa enough and honestly couldn't have made it this far with my own Silhouette without her helpful tutorials!
 Check out her post and snag this free cut file here
 This design is free for personal use as well!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope you enjoy these free cut files shared today to create something for yourself!

Happy Crafting! 

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