Nov 25, 2012

Just to make you smile…

Is this not one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen?! I’ve been thinking about getting it printed and hanging it on my wall.
I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Nov 21, 2012

Difficult People

Sticking with the theme this month…
All of us have had some difficult people in our lives. Sometimes it’s a sibling, a friend, a boss or even a parent. I’ve come to realize certain truths about people this year and it has been very frustrating. However, I am thankful that I finally did realize those scary truths. It made my decisions much easier. I know who I will and will not give my time to. I know who I will and will not trust. I know who I will make an effort with and who I will not.
I am the type of person that will take a few minutes to remind my friends or family that I love them and miss them and hope they have a great day. I am the type of person that is supportive. I am a person that treats people fairly. I am that person that will never leave you.
I learned how to be this way because of the difficult people in my life.
I never want to be like them.

I know that not many people read or follow my blog, but I do want to take a second to thank those that do. I really do appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read my thoughts. I especially want to thank those that take an extra second to leave a comment. It really does make me smile each and every single time you share something with me :)

Nov 20, 2012

What I’m Thankful For

I haven’t kept up with everyone on the daily thankful posting BUT that doesn’t mean I’m haven’t been thankful for things…

Today I am Thankful For:
-Family: My gma called me today to ask me if she should make broccoli cheese rice or green bean casserole. She said if I wanted both she would make them both. Of course I said both! She will go out of her way for me. She’s one of my favorite people in the entire world. Coming in at a close second would be my Aunt Kat (pretty much my mom) who loves me just as if she were the woman that gave birth to me. My dad (grumpily) went out of his way on his birthday to attend my very first craft show (huge deal). I love my family because they love me so much!

-Friends: I have a few friends that have become family over the years. I know they’ll be there for me no matter what and I will definitely be there for them no matter what. Because of these friends, I have SUPER cute little nieces and a nephew that I am so happy I get to spoil when I get the chance to :) One of my besties and I even have a pact – if we’re not married by the time we’re 40 we are totally gonna marry eachother. Ladies MUST be able to marry eachother in another 20 years!

-It’s Sooo Fluffy: I am so thankful that I have found that I have the ability to create things I love. Something that started out as just a fun little hobby has turned into a small business. I love being able to relax through my sewing. It makes me so happy to see someone smile because of something I created.

-Brody: My baby! He’s the cutest, sweetest, most wonderful dog in the entire world (yes, he’s even better than your dog!). I picked him out when he was a tiny 4 month old puppy. He is lying right next to me 5 years later :) No matter how many human babies I may have in the future, Brody will always be my favorite because he was the first.

-Experiences: I am extremely thankful for the life I have had. Now that I’m older I am grateful that I didn’t have it so easy all the time. Being the oldest sibling by 11 years made me grow up a little quicker and become more independent. Not having my mother in my life for 18 years made me be even more grateful for the people who have been there all along. Having my gma and Aunt Kat as role models shows me the type of mother I want to be when I have children. The REALLY tough stuff like paying bills and working for what I have makes me very grateful for everything I own.

These are things I am grateful for every single day, but I’m choosing today specifically to share them with you. I truly hope that all of you have friends, family and experiences that make you a better person.

What are you thankful for today?

Julie Ann Art

Nov 1, 2012

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I decided to go on another Pinterest adventure! I really wanted something yummy. I also thought it would be FANTASTIC if it required little to no effort at all. I’ve seen this pin quite a few times, so I decided to try it out. The best part about it is that the recipe only requires two ingredients. However, if you want frosting on top it’ll require three ingredients. I wanted marshmallow :)

Gather your inexpensive ingredients. I chose spice cake mix, but I’ve seen versions that suggest you could use chocolate cake mix. Just open that bag of cake mix and dump it in a bowl ( I bet you won’t spill as much as I did) and open up that can of pumpkin. Have you ever tasted the pumpkin right out of the can? Let me tell you, it is NOT yummy. haha I was really disappointed with that. Anyway, mix ‘em up! The mixture will be SUPER thick, so be prepared for that.

Pop those in the oven for the suggested time on the cake mix box. When they’re close to being done they smell SOOO wonderful! While I had these in the oven I was working on my fluffies for the craft fair. This is such an easy recipe! Once they’re done baking, let them cool down a bit. OR you can go right ahead and spread some tasty marshmallow fluff on them so they’re nice a gooey :)

Do you love this stuff as much as I do? I realized I hadn’t had any in such a long time. I thought it would taste great on top of the pumpkin spice cupcakes. I was RIGHT. :)

I loved them! They got great reviews by some family members too! I highly suggest you take some time one day soon to try these out.

What Pinterest adventure have you been on lately?