Christmas means Candles! {Giveaway}

December 11, 2014 AT 12:33 am 9 Comments

I love candles year round, but I love them even more at Christmastime!  :)  Don’t you?

The soft glow of the candles just makes the holiday season so cozy and warm.  And if the candles smell good, that’s even more awesome!

Right now, I have been using a Yankee Candle® in every room of the house.  They smell so divine!  

Why is it that the smell of a candle makes your house feel clean?  Is that just me?  :)

Whenever I don’t have time to clean the house, I light a candle.  (Hmmmm….maybe that’s why I have a candle burning in my house every day?)

 

Well, I am just smitten right now with these Pure Radiance™ candles by Yankee Candle® in fragrances like Christmas Candy and Winter!  

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Have you seen them?  

Look at this cute little white one I have in new holiday fragrance Winter.  It smells like all the goodness of the season!

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They come in a pretty little vase, and have a wood wick that crackles when it’s lit, a new technology called Crackling Lumiwick™.  

They also come in a large vase.  This pretty red Christmas Candy candle goes great with my Christmas décor.

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I love that Yankee Candles® come in so many different scents!  I love them all, but my favorite is anything with a pine scent, like Winter Garden.   It’s soooooo Christmasey!

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Do you love candles as much as I do?

Yay!!

‘Cause I have a great giveaway that you will love!

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You can enter with Rafflecopter below:

 

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This giveaway ends on December 16th, 2014.

 

*This post was sponsored by Yankee Candle®.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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Lovin’ my Lowe’s!

December 4, 2014 AT 5:09 pm 7 Comments

So y’all know that if I could marry Lowe’s I would, right?

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Don’t we look great together?

When I walk through those doors (almost everyday) my heart goes pitter patter.  The smell of the paint and the wood.  The sound of the lift machines beeping as they back up the aisles.  Pure bliss, I tell ya!

That is why when I was asked to be a part of the Lowe’s Creative Idea team a couple of years ago, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

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And when I got an email inviting me to Lowe’s headquarters last month, well let’s just say I may have peed my pants!

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It was like meeting the in-laws!  But the good kind of in laws, not the bad kind. :)

It was going to be a quick trip, but worth every minute!  Lowe’s flew us in to North Carolina, and they spoiled us the first night with a fabulous dinner event.  They had our transportation decorated for Christmas…

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And they drove us through a huge warehouse to this spectacular scene!!…

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Do you see that “carpet” of poinsettias?!  It was seriously the most beautiful sight I have ever seen!  

The tables were all decked out with Christmas decor.  Those white cone shaped trees were made with caulk!

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And the tree centerpiece on this table was made with sand paper squares…

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It was evening when we got there, so it was dark, and the stringed lights were beautiful.

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They went all out on the food!  It was soooooo good!

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This is just the dessert table!  I ate one of everything, and even more of a few!

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After dinner, we went back to the hotel.  

The next day, we were able to visit Lowe’s headquarters.  It just happened to be “red vest” day, and all of the employees went outside for a group picture.  It had nothing to do with us being there, but I couldn’t help but think that this is what my wedding guests would look like when I married Lowe’s. 

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We had a FULL agenda that day.  We even got to tour a top-secret part of Lowe’s that we couldn’t take pictures of.  (They even took our phones away from us during the tour to make sure we didn’t take pictures!)    I don’t think they realized how dangerous it was to take phones away from bloggers.  We had some serious withdraw!  Some of us began to get the shakes!

In one session, we got a chance to preview some of the 2015 Lowe’s Spring Collection.  It’s really beautiful!

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We also had the privilege of listening to Better Homes and Garden Editor, Eddie Ross.

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I’ve wanted to meet Eddie for a long time.  He is at so many blogger events sharing his talent, and I am so glad I finally got to listen to him in person.

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 That night, Lowe’s spoiled us again by taking us to a Charlotte Hornets basketball game! 

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We got to go in a special entrance, and we were escorted to the Lowe’s suite to watch the game!

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Here are some of us with the mascot…(I’m on the far right.)

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It was such a great time. 

Cy and I had a good laugh over this trip.  He said, “How is it that my wife is going to a Lowe’s event and gets to watch the Charlotte Hornets play ball, while I stay home and watch the kids?!”  :)

Crazy, this blogging thing.  You never know what opportunities may come your way.

 

Well, I am so thankful to all of the Lowe’s team that put this event together.  It was a top notch event.  The best part of the whole event was the brainstorming sessions we had with members of the Lowe’s marketing and branding team.  They loved listening to us about how we can work together to share their brand and how they can make it the best for their customers. 

Lowe’s you melt my heart.  :)

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Saturday Specials!

November 29, 2014 AT 10:33 am Leave a Comment

Hey friends!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?!

I sure did!  

Yesterday, the boys and I went out to do a little Black Friday shopping.  We weren’t shopping for anything in particular, so we just had fun hanging out together. 

If you are still searching for some great gift options, I wanted to make sure you knew about these sales.  Just click on each picture to visit each site.

Silhouette is offering FOUR great specials good through December 8th!  Use promo code:  BENEATH.

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My friend, Ruth from GraceLaced, is also having a great Black Friday Sale…

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Happy Shopping!!!


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My Favorite Gifts for Christmas!

November 24, 2014 AT 7:34 am 3 Comments

Hey friends!

Hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was full of basketball.  Luke and Adam were both playing in tournaments, in different cities.  Cy was out of town, so I was running back and forth like a mad woman.  :)  Crazytown, ya’ll!

(But I loved every minute of it.)

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Okay, so let’s talk Christmas gifts!  Yay!  

(For the record, I have not bought one single gift for my boys and probably won’t start for another couple of weeks.  I like to live on the edge.)   :)

I think it is always fun to think out of the box when it comes to giving Christmas gifts.

You can always go to the mall and get a gift certificate or present, but what if you gave your loved ones something totally unexpected, special, and unique?

Here are some of my favorite things that I think would make GREAT Christmas gifts…

 

First up, anything from GraceLaced would be a genuine treat!  I met Ruth, the talented artist, at the Allume Conference this year.  She is a beautiful soul, and she is so talented it makes me sick.  (In a good way.)

I have fallen in love with her artwork, and I know you will too!

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She is having a great Black Friday sale that I will remind you of this coming week, but you can check out her shop now, HERE.

 

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Another great gift idea would be photography classes from ShootFlyShoot!

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Do you have a budding photographer that you know would love some extra help learning how to take great pictures?  Well, I highly recommend the photography classes offered at ShootFlyShoot.  My talented friend, Kevin Palmer, and his buddies, Josh and Nick, put together these great courses.

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This is a GREAT gift that I wish I had been given a LONG time ago!  :)  They have definitely improved my photography skills!

 

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Here is something else I love…

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Absolutely ANYTHING from this shop would be a great Christmas gift!  This is one of my favorite Etsy shops.  I have a sign from Between You and Me, and I will be sharing it on my blog this week!  I am in love with it!

Look at these beautiful signs…

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Tara, the creator of these beautiful signs, graciously is giving Beneath My Heart readers a 15% discount on orders from her shop.  Just use BENEATHMYHEART15 for the coupon code!  (Good thru December 15th.)

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If you are looking for some stocking stuffers, these are my favorite items…

 

 

 

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And of course, a gift of HEALTH that cannot be beat is a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living!  If you have a loved one that is dedicated to healthy and natural living, they would LOVE this gift!

 

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Email me at [email protected] to find out how you can purchase a Premium Starter Kit for Christmas!

 

Now, Share your favorite Christmas Gift Ideas with me!  I would love to hear them!!!

 


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Favorite Pins Friday!

November 21, 2014 AT 9:31 am 6 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all! 

Today is my sweet Adam’s birthday!  He is eleven years old and one of the most loving little boys I have ever known!   He is compassionate, kind, and so respectful.  His teacher told me at his conference that all of the 5th grade teachers wish their students were more like Adam.  Made this mama reeeeeally proud!

And he may be sweet in class, but he is a beast on the basketball court!  You guys should see this kid play!  He’s like the Tazmanian devil in gym shorts.  :)

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in his life!

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Happy Birthday, Adam!!!

You are a GIFT FROM GOD!!

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Now here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!  Enjoy!!

 

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Have a Blessed Weekend!

 


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Favorite Pins Friday!

November 14, 2014 AT 8:02 am Leave a Comment

Happy Friday, sweet friends!

I have had a very busy week.  With Adam and Luke both playing middle school basketball, things have gotten crazy around here!   But we are having a lot of fun!  :)

I am almost finished making the boys’ shower curtain in their bathroom.  Next week, I should have another update for you!  It’s coming together!  Yay!

Now here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week…

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Have a blessed weekend!


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Favorite Pins Friday

November 7, 2014 AT 8:08 am Leave a Comment

Well, I got home from North Carolina yesterday, and I am trying to make my way through the piles of laundry that were created while I was gone. :)

Despite that, It feels so good to be home!  I’ll share a little more about my Lowe’s trip next week.  

I hope you have had a great week.  Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!

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Have a Blessed Day!!


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Industrial Shelves (from readers)

November 4, 2014 AT 1:31 pm 2 Comments

Y’all, yesterday I got two different emails from readers sharing the industrial shelves they made using my industrial shelves as their inspiration!

It blessed my socks off!

Y’all have no idea how much it means to me when I receive these emails.  AND to see that people actually do the projects that I write about on my blog!  I’ve been doing this for almost 6 years, and it still amazes me that people actually read my blog and are inspired by my projects. 

What a blessing!

So I asked them both if I could share their pictures on my blog because I wanted them to have a chance to inspire you as well. 

First off, I have these great pics from Dustin Bankord!

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How cool are those lights he hung in his shelves?!

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He said he got them at Target.

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And I love these numbered metal bins!  Such a great storage idea!

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Thank you for sharing your pictures with me, Dustin!

And Lisa Klenk sit me this wonderful picture….

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She installed the faux brick behind her shelves like we did in our boys’ room, but she let the “grout” in the brick stay exposed.  I think it adds such a cool look!  Great idea, Lisa!

And I am loving those deer pillows!

Thank you to both of these readers for sharing these with us!

Remember, I would always love to see pictures of your Beneath My Heart inspired projects!  :)

 


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Let’s Talk Fashion!

November 1, 2014 AT 8:51 am Leave a Comment

I don’t know about you, but after having four boys and being a stay at home mom, I feel like I lost some of my fashion-mojo.  :)

When you start wondering how you can dress up your yoga pants for church, you know it’s time to make a change.   That is why I am so thankful for my sister, Cyndi, who is a fashion blogger!  Since we were  young, she has always loved fashion and makeup.  It’s just her thing.  I love paint brushes, and she loves makeup brushes.  :)

Well, Cyndi has helped me the past few years become a little more in “style.”  And now she can help YOU too!

If you are in a fashion rut and need a little boost, you are going to love this challenge that she is hosting with another popular fashion blogger, Alison.

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This is a super fun challenge, and I am going to participate too!  Wanna join me?

 “Imagine waking up every morning and knowing EXACTLY what you’re wearing that day. Better yet, having a closet full of age-appropriate wardrobe basics plus a multitude of mix and match outfits just right for any occasion. No more looking into your closet not knowing what to wear or wandering around the mall not knowing what to buy. All the work is done for you.”

 

Here’s what’s included in this challenge:

 

  • Your Build Your Wardrobe Basics Shopping List – A list of wardrobe essentials with links to recommended items plus a downloadable PDF to print off and take shopping with you.
  • 21 Days of Daily Outfits – A different outfit combo each day created from the pieces on your shopping list. Outfits are released at 7:00 p.m. ET the night before so you can have it ready to wear the next day.
  • Facebook Group – Each style challenge has it’s own private Facebook group where you can show off your style, share shopping tips and make great friends. Most participants agree that this is the best part of the challenge!

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Doesn’t this sound fun?!

For more information and to sign up, click HERE.

 

Build Your Wardrobe Basics Timeline:

  • October 31st – Registration opens.
  • November 6th – Regular registration closes at midnight ET. Late registration opens.
  • November 7th- Shopping list release at 12:01 a.m. ET.
  • November 16th – December 6th – Outfits are sent out at 7:00 p.m. ET each evening.

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Favorite Pins Friday (and a Frightening Offer!)

October 31, 2014 AT 5:45 am 1 Comment

Happy Friday!

Tonight is the night my youngest two have been waiting for all month, and unfortunately, it is going to be very rainy and cold.  Boo.  :(  Not the scary kind of boo, but the sad kind of boo.

We’ll make the best of it though!  

(BTW, be sure to check out the “frightening good” offerI at the bottom of this post.)

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week! 

Enjoy!

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Hey!  For fun, I am running a frightening-good offer for TODAY ONLY!

Y’all know that I love my essential oils.  I cannot tell you how much they have changed our lives.  The best part to me is that we have basically gotten rid of all of old medicines in our medicine cabinet, and we now use essential oils.   When we have a headache, we grab Peppermint.  When we have tummy aches, we grab DiGize.  When we are feeling under the weather, we grab Thieves.  When we have a burn, we use Lavender. 

See what I mean?  It is so cool that I now have natural and safe ways to care for my family!!  We’ve come a LONG way in a year, and I am so grateful for essential oils!  (Truth be known, I think Cy loves the oils more than me!  I know!!  He is always googling which oils to use with certain symptoms.  He cracks me up!)

Sooooo, if you have been thinking about using essential oils, today is a GREAT day to start!  This is the best deal I have ever offered on my blog.  Woohooo!!

 

If you want to read more about the oils, click HERE.

If you want to go ahead and order the oils, click HERE.

 

 

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