My Birthday Eve Blog

Hello friends! It has been an incredibly awesome year and I cannot wait to start my 43rd year in this world! So many wonderful opportunities have crossed my path in 2015 and the first 6 months of 2016 as well and I wanted to take a minute to share!

Remember my last few posts I talked about Plexus and how much I really love the products? I am still loving the products and sharing them with everyone I can. Joining Plexus was a life changer for me. I became surrounded by the most supportive group of people that lifted me up. They helped me discover the me inside that had been buried away for so long. I found myself wanting to invest in myself and grow spiritually, financially, emotionally, etc. I am focused on my health, exploring ways to become more crunchy and green, researching foods that I am putting in my childrens’ bodies, expressing myself through art on different mediums, focusing on finances by learning about Dave Ramsey and his babysteps to help us gain financial freedom, etc. So just from what I have mentioned you can tell that I have changed so much over the last 2 years, especially in the last year. I am also the happiest that I have ever been. I have found my self esteem and confidence growing immensely! I LOVE waking up each day to a new adventure!

I wanted to show you a few of the pieces of furniture that I have refinished to show you that this is my way to relax and unwind. It is my woo saa. My release of pent up frustrations from everyday stresses such as work and finances. I have found that  everyone needs a way to let go. Find your way and let go!!!

Also I wanted to introduce you all to an awesome new product that was just announced at convention in Las Vegas this week! It sounds AMAZING and today is the first day you can get online to buy it!  It is called EDGE❤️

The benefits are:

Healthy, sustained energy

Sharper thinking

Enhances concentration

IMPROVES MOOD

FEATURES:

Clinically tested ingredients

Patent pending formula

100% Vegetarian & Gluten Free

One capsule a day, my friends!! And as always, all products ordered through my website have a 60 day money back guarantee!! You have nothing to lose!! If you have any questions PLEASE let me know! My website is http://www.shopmyplexus.com/heatherjohnson73

And last but not least I am sharing a few fun facts about me! It will be fun to look back on this next year to see where I’m at then compared to now!

Favorite TV series: LOST (just discovered on Netflix)

Favorite books: Dave Ramsey books (Financial peace revisited, Smart Money smart kids, Money makeover, etc) Power of broke, Millionaire next door, etc.

Favorite color: pale dusty pink

Hobbies: Decoupage, personal growth, painting, family time, etc.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Tomorrow I am waking up 43 years old!! And it is ok! No age denial here😀 I am grateful for life, love and happiness and thankful that God has blessed me me so much more than I deserve ❤️😀

XOXO,

Heather

 

 

7/30/2015 A lady who misses her blog:)

Hello everyone! Our computer at home has died a horrible death and we are trying to budget a new one into the household budget but with my sons’ birthdays and back to school. Mom is taking a backseat which is ok as long as the kids are taken care of first:) A few things that I have been working on since I wrote my last post:
1. Bookshelf that I bought for less than $5, sanded, primed, painted and polyurethaned and added a chalk board top per my client’s request.
2. Issue that I am struggling with as far as pricing furniture after I finish it. I really try to seek out bargain deals on furniture and I have been blessed in finding many people’s trash that I have turned to treasure. BUT I feel that I am pricing way to low. But the crowd that I am targeting and advertising in my town are very much want to buy the best of things for little money. For example, while I paid less than $5 for the bookshelf, I put all of the materials and my time spent with labor and I sold it for $20.00 How do you guys feel about that price? What are your secrets and advice when it comes to pricing? Please let me know! I’m thirsty for answers:)
3. Octagon end table that is huge! If there was another matching end table to this set, it would take up a very large part of someone’s room. I honestly would probably use it as a coffee table personally. But I am working on it now and I am in love with it.  Now that brings me to another issue I am having.  Or should I say my husband is having.  When I buy these ugly ducklings, I feel nothing for them.  But after they are done, I don’t want to sell them.  I want to keep them forever.  lol  Does anyone else experience this feeling of attachment?

4.  $15 garage sale dresser.  I found a dresser at a sale down the street from my house.  Got it home and started to clean it.  Then I opened the drawers and WHOA!!!!  Horrible musty smell.  I totally thought I was going to have to set it outside  my house with a FREE sign on it.  But then I read an awesome hint on a Facebook page, about trying Borax.  I had serious doubts about this but then I recleaned it about 4 times.  And it worked! I am a complete fan of the product BORAX!  I used super hot water and added the BORAX and it worked wonderfully.  It is now a must have on the grocery list!  This dresser we purchased specifically for my son so my husband is alright with me keeping this one.  Thank goodness.  I could never have parted with it:) lol

I can’t wait to be able to upload some pictures for you to see.  I am still very new to giving new life to old pieces but I am in love with the process, the paint, the furniture, everything.  I wish I could give up the money making job so that I could do this full time but the bills determine that is not going to happen anytime soon!

I hope you enjoyed the post even without the pictures and I’m looking forward to any comments, suggestions or stories that you might have about what I wrote.  If you have ever felt the same way I have, please let me know that I am not the only one in the world!

God bless!

Me and Matilda

Back to the blog…..

Hello friends! I have been so caught up in everything family related since the last post.  Our sweet boy, Obie, broke his little leg and we have been back and forth to the vet’s office and have been trying to keep him comfortable and happy.  It has been a heck of a roller coaster.  So sad to see our little guy struggling this early in life:(

In other news, I listened to an online womens’ conference called the Wives of Wisdom.  It was the most uplifting awesome conference ever.  All of the women that spoke in the conference were wonderful! But I’m sure every woman watching had a particular favorite.  Mine was Rosann Cunningham.  She has a very wonderful, positive faith-filled blog and I absolutely love receiving an email in my inbox from her.  She is very very inspiring to me and when I emailed her with questions, she took time to email me back a very detailed message that inspired me even more than her session that I watched in the conference.  I would encourage anyone who wants to subscribe to a very positive blog to be sure to check out her blog.  There are some blogs that I read that just make me feel good and hers is definitely one of those!

In the world of DIY, I have found been working on a little desk (secretary) bargain that I found on Facebook for $25.00.  I will definitely be uploading those before and after pictures very soon and any other treasures that I find along the way.

Summer is here and I’d like for everyone to just take a moment and really just take the time to enjoy life and “feel” the many blessings that God has given us. If you are fortunate to be home with your children, then be thankful that you get to share this summer with them and make a lot of special memories. If you are married or involved in a relationship, then take a minute just to give your partner a hug and tell them that you love them.  Take a walk, look at the sunrise or sunset, feel sand between your toes, hear the birds chirping.  Just be grateful for everything that God has given you and rejoice in that.  In our home, finances are always an issue but for the past few weeks when I start to worry I think about the people that have no place safe and secure to call home. They don’t have electricity for microwaves and curling irons, they may not have children to kiss each night and tuck into beds. They might not be healthy.  Who am I to feel like I have problems because I can’t buy a piece of furniture off of Craigslist that I don’t even need or we need to budget a little better at the grocery.  There is always always always someone who is going through something worse than you are.  God will not give us more than we can handle.  Have faith.  Be positive.  Smile.  Laugh.  Feel the love that surrounds you.

My summer goals are to get up earlier, get to my paid job and get home earlier in the evenings so that I can spend more time with my children.  We are not going away on any big trips this year but are going to take a few days to go to Frankenmuth, Michigan at some point.  I have heard really good reviews and we are excited to be going up there for a visit.  We have 2 birthday boys in August so we will be having a birthday party for them.  We will be going to parks and festivals.   I will be dragging them all to yard sales with me (YAH!!!) I’m going to be 42 this year and I have changed so much over the past year.  I want our family to be happy and healthy and I just want to live each day and be thankful for everything.  I want to smell the flowers and hike in parks and play putt putt and lose to cheaters who tap the ball 8 times and say it was 3;) This year I just want to take time to feel, no I mean really “feel” what I have in my life and be thankful.

XOXOXO,

Heather

 

Bringing home “Obie”

Introducing "Obie"
Introducing “Obie”

 

Thursday we brought home this little guy from our local humane society.  We have been thinking about adopting a new pup for awhile now and when we saw his picture posted up on the humane society facebook page, it was love at first sight.  Our challenge was trying to get out to there to fill out an application before they closed because both my husband and I work the same (well more but we get off at the same) time as they close and are at work long before they open.  And I couldn’t go on my lunch hour because I only have a lunch half hour during the work day and there was no way to make it out there and back in 30 minutes…..safely that is.  So I ended up leaving work early and going out there.  We got there 5 minutes before they closed and the employees literally rolled their eyes because you know they wanted to go home for the day.  I totally get that.  So they gave us an application and said to come back the next day at noon.  When I was supposed to be at work.  So I took a vacation day and actually pulled the kids out of school early to be there at noon the next day. It was so hot and we waited outside the door for them to open so we were sure that no one else would get to him first:)  Finally the lock clicked on the door and swung open and we headed in to see our new love, Obie.  That is the name they humane society picked out and we decided to keep it.  I didn’t want to throw a name change into the mix with the new home, losing his sister and my kids overwhelming him with lovies:)  We filled out the paperwork and paid for the adoption and license and while waiting for the paperwork process to be complete, the manager came suddenly into the door carrying a small dark bundle which was another puppy.  Some pregnant lady had just returned him because “he cried all night and I am pregnant and I just can’t take that crying”.  How ridiculous is that seriously?  The employee was mad to say the least and I cannot blame her.  How can you take adopting an animal so lightly and then just return him like a pair of too tight shorts?  She asked us to please be patient with him because he was only 8 weeks old and his sister had gotten adopted the day before and he would most likely experience some separation anxiety.  My daughter (7 years old) asked me if we were going to return him if he cried.  I asked her if I got rid of them when they cried?  We laughed and she held onto our new boy, anxious to get him home.  We left and headed to Petsmart and he literally picked out his bed (which was a waste of money because he sleeps with my daughter) and we headed home.  Matilda is starting to come around to him and they even were sleeping together this morning when I left for work.  She was jealous and I’m not going to say she is over it but I know that they will get used to each other and learn to love each other and then be awesome life long companions.  Anyways, I just wanted to tell you our story and introduce you to Obie, the newest part of our family and I hope that you will read this and feel the love that I have for my dogs and reach down and pat yours on the head and rub them a little behind the ears and be thankful just as they are thankful to be a part of your family as well.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Please think about adopting a pet from your local humane society.  Save a life and meet your new best friend.

I’m working on some new furniture projects that I will be posting soon.  I have to.  My husband said I have to get to work on some of those beauties hogging the garage so I will be posting soon this week!

Come see me real soon!

xoxo,

Heather

 

 

 

 

Meet Matilda

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I want to introduce you to Matilda. The past few posts I talked about myself but not Matilda. I wanted you all to meet my sweet girl and tell you her story…at least the part I know. We have a dear cat named Buddy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Buddy with all my heart but he is pretty much like a teenager. He eats, goes outside for awhile, comes home and eats again and sleeps. He is not real loveable….unless I have some honeybaked ham;) I wanted a dog. We looked and looked and found all types of dogs at all price ranges but folks, I just can’t see paying the same we pay for a house payment for a dog with a little paper certificate I can frame. I know people do it everyday but I’m just speaking for myself (and all of the helpless puppies and dogs in shelters everywhere) but I felt in my heart we needed to find our new dog someplace like that. So one night while I was stalking the furniture on Craig’s list in our vicinity, I saw a posting that said LAST CHANCE. It caught my eye and it said they were selling a 5 month old puppy for $30.00 Yes not $300 but $30. There was no picture but I just felt this was our dog. I set up a time to meet. The owner wanted to meet in Kroger’s parking lot. It was pretty intimidating but our family drove to Kroger’s in anticipation. We pulled in and looked around for someone looking like they were there for something besides groceries. We saw a man looking at us like he was trying to get our attention.  We pulled up and there were 2 kids in the van. They stayed in the van but a man got out and literally pulled a dirty, trembling, terrified dog out of the van. She looked old not the 5 months they said in the ad. I knew this dog had been abused. But I also knew that I was not allowing this dog to get back on that van. The kids didn’t even show emotion at all that their dog was leaving them. It was a weird situation. So we took her home and she literally huddled beside our fireplace in our foyer and growled at everyone. I got down and talked to her and she eventually began to trust me and the kids and my Ias well. We took her to the vet to be checked out and learned she was 8 months. Not the 4 years I was guessing at first site. She looks and acts like a different dog. She is truly a very important part of our family and we just absolutely love and adore her. She has so much personality and loves to play but she really believes she is a lap dog instead of the 65 lb lap crushed she is. And the way to her heart now is through her stomach. Not food though. She loves to have her belly rubbed! I am so thankful we found her and changed the outcome of her life. She is the best $30 bucks I’ve ever spent!

I just want to say that you can find your perfect pet at your local shelters or even Craig’s list. Adopt a pet and literally save a life!

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They both fell asleep while watching TV!