Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Morning Playlist..........

Looking for some new worship songs for your quiet time with the Lord this week?  Here are a few of my favorites.  Some oldies, and a lot of new songs too!!




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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hello!

I really don't have to say this, but obviously 2014 is not my year for blogging.  LOL!!  However, I did want to stop in, say hello, and check in.   Things in life are going well, and it continues to be a quiet year around our house.  To recap the last few months, here are our top 5 highlights:

1. We joined a gym
This summer, we decided it was time to get serious about our health.  After spending four (4) months resting and purposefully "underwhelming" my schedule, I decided it was time to start adding some beneficial activities to our lives.  At the end of August, Matt and I joined on of the best (or in my opinion THE BEST) gym in Knoxville.  We have a great routine and workout 3-4 days a week.  Beginning in October, I will start meeting with a Wellness Coach who is going to help me address ways to change my thinking to make improvements in my non-gym life.  Things are going great, and I love how good I'm beginning to feel. 


2. Weekend getaways
We took some time in September to head over to Biltmore to enjoy a quiet Saturday in the mountains.  We have season tickets to Biltmore, and its honestly one of my favorite places to go for a day-trip. During this trip, we decided to take the Legacy of the Land tour and it was amazing!!  If you go to Biltmore, I highly recommend you take this tour.  So informational and I love learning about how the land was developed and used.

 With over 8,000 acres to explore, its easy to find a quiet place to relax and reflect. 

 Our Legacy of the Land - Tour Guide

 Soooo Peaceful


3. Its Football Time in Tennessee
It wouldn't be fall without FOOTBALL!!  Its definitely my favorite sport, and we didn't miss cheering on our Vols in the season opener.
 Gameday Selfie!

 LOVE THIS SAYING!! 

4. These boys are going strong
My three boys are doing GREAT!!  We love our little family of "5," as they continue to run the show in our house.  LOL!!
Butter Man, Scooter Man, and Lil Man Davis (front to back)

5. Family is the best gift in life.
Lately, we've been spending a lot of time talking and spending time with family.  And, my heart is so blessed that we have such incredible parents and brother and sis -in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Life is such a gift, and I am one blessed gal. 




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Monday, July 28, 2014

Finally............

Finally, a weekend where Matt and I were both off and we did not leave town!  LOL!  Its been over a year since we stayed home, just worked around the house and enjoyed time together.

 

On Friday, we decided to take it easy, order pizza and hang some of our new art in our Living Room.  Check out the before and afters....we LOVE IT!!



Saturday we got up early, grabbed a quick breakfast, ran to Lowes, stop by and voted early, and then headed back home for an afternoon of cleaning, painting (project posts coming soon), and doing a little yard work.  We were both exhausted by the time we hit the bed on Saturday night, but loved giving our house a little TLC! 



On Sunday we slept in; however, Matt woke up with a headache.  We stayed in from church.  I made brunch, oven just chill'n.  Sunday afternoon we headed out to Hallmark to buy our first four Christmas Ornaments of the year.  I love the ornaments we added to our collection, and can't wait to share them with you soon.  Sunday night we grilled steaks for dinner, and then chilled while storms rolled in and out of Knoxville. 

Wonderful weekend, and I am so thankful for the time Matt and I had together!

Have a blessed week!!


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Morning Playlist



Have a blessed Sunday my friends!  And, here is a Sunday Worship Playlist.  I got most of these songs from one of my favorite worship leaders, Darlene Zschech.




Praise the Lord!



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recipe: Oven Pancakes

I don't often post recipes, and part of that reason is because I don't often cook.  LOL!  However, this recipe has been my Sunday Morning Brunch menu for the past two weeks!  If your looking for a delicious summer treat, this breakfast is for you..........





Recipe

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or a splash of lemon juice 

2 cups assorted fresh berries
Powdered sugar, if desired  

3 tablespoons of butter (Melt in Skillet)

Directions 

With a mixer, place eggs in a bowl and beat on medium speed until mixed.
Add the milk and combine.
Slowly add the flour, vanilla, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and salt and mix by hand until smooth.  (Mix by hand, and its lumpy) 

Cooking 

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees 
Place Cast Iron Skillet in oven and melt  butter. Once butter is melted, pour mixed incrediants into pan and cook for 15 minutes. 
After 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 5 minuts. 

Pancakes should cook until puffy and deep golden brown. 
Serve pancake immediately topped with berries. 
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

My finished product................



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday............. Hair Edition

Its Wednesday, and what better way to get over the mid-week slump than to share some of my favorite hair products for summer!  I've used Aveda Products for ages, and here are some of my favs......


1. DryBar Hair Dryer - I LOVE this hairdryer!  It dries my hair super fast, and leaves my hair looking shining and full of volume.

2. Brilliant Shampoo by Aveda

3. Smooth Infusion Conditioner by Aveda

4. Brilliant Damage Control Sprayer by Aveda- Amazing detangler and helps protect from the heat
Phomollent Moose by Aveda- Awesome for style-prep

5. Air Control Hair Spray by Aveda

6. Hot Rollers

7. Straighter

I wash, dry, and style my hair in about 30  minutes.  Style is super easy with hot rollers, and I've been using them since I was in middle-school! 

Happy Wednesday my friends!





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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tunes........

Each summer, it seems like all I do is download music.  Most of the time I listen to Christian music, but during these warm months summertime hits always sneak into my iTunes library. Here are a few of my favorite new summer time songs.............


Enjoy!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

If You Fail to Plan, then you Plan to Fail!



Mondays are perfect days to "start over," and I honestly am a true believer in the title of this post!  Taking a little time to plan ahead and get organized, can help us succeed at anything we are working toward.  And, with Labor Day only 6 weeks away, I thought it was a great time to commit to some new health and spiritual goals.  And, to keep me accountable, I thought I would share some of those goals with you:

Goals (July 21 - September 1) 
  • Health - Workout 3-4 days per week 
  • Health - Sleep 7+ hours each night 
  • Health - Plan meals the night before, stay within 1200-1500 calories per day
  • Health - Reduce (and hopefully) eliminate sodas from my diet
  • Spiritual - Re-establish morning quiet times for Bible Study
  • Spiritual - Complete Children of the Day by Beth Moore Bible Study
These may seem simple, but these will make me feel so much better, both inside and out.

What are some of your goals for the rest of summer?  I would love to hear them!

Have a great Monday!



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hello! Hello! Vacay Recap

This summer is speeding by at record speed, and even though this blog has been a little ignored this year, I didn't want to miss an update about our recent vacay to Florida!  Matt and I had such an amazing time, and I wanted to ensure I captured our trip on this blog.

To celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, and to just get out of town for a few days, we packed up our car and headed south.............


Hello Pensacola Beach! For six days we enjoyed amazing weather, delicous food, and lots of sun!  And, in normal Davis fashion we failed to take many photos.  Here are a few pictures we did capture:


 Matt & I enjoying our 7th Wedding Anniversary!



 Our Hotel - Margaritaville Beach Hotel


Pool!!

 Driving by the dunes!  Clouds were amazing!

Our view from our room! 



Our daily routine consisted of:

9 am(ish) - Wake Up, breakfast and off to the Beach
9:30 a.m. - Beach chair secured, and let the morning nap and sunning begin
(As the sun became hotter, we retreated to the ocean to cool off and then back to chilling)
12:30 p.m. - Head to pool to cool off, and then a quick lunch
1:30 p.m. - Back in beach, more napping, and sunning
4:30 p.m. - Back to the pool for a little more chilling
6:00 p.m. - Get ready for dinner
7:00 p.m. - Dinner / Shopping
9:30 p.m. - Back to hotel
10:00 p.m. In bed, a little Jimmy Fallon and back to sleep

This routine = PERFECTION!!

We had such an incredible trip, and ate at some of the best restaurants, and even got in a little outlet shopping too!

We headed home in time for the Annual Davis Fireworks Spectacular, and then enjoyed the rest of the weekend with the family. 

Another great vacation in the books, and looking forward to planning our next trip.

Cheers!



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Just a little update...........


 Taken at Biltmore a couple of weeks ago!!

So, as you can tell I haven't been motivated to write a lot lately.  Life is actually really calm these days, and I really don't have alot going on.  This is definitely a season of stillness and quietness in my life and I am "getting used to it."  LOL.  

I was so used to working all the time, and being involved with everything, that it is taking some time to get used to.  But, its a good thing.  The new job is going well, and life is just quiet.  Really quiet.

Bell's Update
Its been three week's since my diagnosis and I am 85% back to normal.  On Friday I noticed that almost ALL of my smile has come back (WOOHOO!!), and today I realized I could whistle again.  Ha!!!  Only a few small things to improve including my eyesight in my right eye and the rest of my smile. Its been an adventure, but so thankful that it has helped slow me down. 

Favorite Things Update
I haven't share some of my favorite things lately, so here goes. 
 
 Love! Love! Love this facial scrub. 



Amazing New Detergent from Tide.  Love the way our clothes smell. 


 Obsessed with this juice.  Have to drink a can each morning.  Delish. 

Already got my ferns for the front porch!!  Love getting ready for summer with flowers.  


Well that is about it.  We are currently planning our Anniversary Vacation, because if I don't see the beach soon I am going to go insane.  LOL!!  We are usually on vacay this week, so its a little hard to still be at home.  But, Matt's job won't allow us to travel right now, so here is wishing to sun, sand, and ocean soon. 

Have a great week!!




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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Not My Will.............



Well this week has been a little interesting to say the least.  A week ago, I didn't think that I would be sitting here describing my diagnosis with Bell's Palsy, but that is what life handed me. On Wednesday night, I started feeling "off," but just couldn't put my finger on it.  At dinner, I noticed that my food didn't have any taste; however, I decided I really wasn't that hungry.  Then, later that night, at small group my face felt really tight (like having a facial mask drying on my face) for just a quick second or two. I didn't think much of it, and by the time I got home I was exhausted and went to bed by 10 p.m. 

On Thursday, I woke up extremely early around 4 a.m. because of a storm, and by 5 a.m. I couldn't sleep so I got up, did my morning bible study, and decided to knock out a few work writing projects.  I ended up working for about 3 hours, and around 8:30 a.m. I decided that I needed to get ready for a client meeting I had at 10 a.m.   I kept touching my face and feeling something was off, but never looked in the mirror.  (I guess it was too early for me to think something was off....Ha!!)

When I went upstairs, I looked in the mirror and that is when I just about lost it.  My face was completely "off."  I noticed I couldn't smile on my right side, my eye brows were at least an inch different in height, and my eye lid was droopy.  I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and whispered  "I trust you Jesus.  I trust you."

I fought back tears and decided that since I had worked all morning, that I could go ahead and shower before heading to the ER.  My mind felt fine, it was just my face that was off.  I didn't know if I had had a stroke or something else, but knew a trip to the ER was a must.  And, last time I made a hospital visit (you can read about this here) I ended up staying three days, so I was going to be prepared. HA!!

Luckily, Matt was home that morning and he drove me to the hospital.  We didn't talk much on our drive, and it seemed like every song that came on the radio talked about trusting the Lord and that no matter what storms you were going through, He was in control. 

One of the songs that played during our drive - "I Am" by Crowder. 
God, is into the details, isn't He? 

When we arrived to the ER, my experience ended up being much quicker this time around.  Within 30 minutes I had been triaged, examined, and diagnosed with Bell's Palsy.  I had only heard of the disease about a year or so ago, when my sister-in-law had two friends diagnosed with it, but had NO idea what it was or how it was going to effect me. 

Bell's palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of your face to droop. The nerve damage may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva. This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.

When I left the hospital, I called my mom to let her know, and also texted a few friends to ask for advice.  We ran to the pharmacy to pick up meds, and then headed home where I proceeded to spend the next few hours reading, researching, watching videos, and connecting with people on Twitter who were experiencing this disease right now too, all to get my game plan ready on how I was going to deal with this. 

Then reality set in when I realized this wasn't going to be gone in a couple of days.  It was going to be a month to four (4) months before my face would look and feel "normal" again.  I had so many insecurities and doubts come up, that I knew I had to deal with them head on. 

I had just started a new job, how would they react to seeing me everyday? Would they question why they hired me, and ask me to leave?

What about going out with my friends, could I enjoy laughing in public when I knew my face would look awkward or off? 

What about my husband?  I have to sleep with my eye all taped up, would he get tired of looking at me being all wonky after a few days?  

Fear, stress, discouragement, worry - they all decided to show up Thursday afternoon.  I decided the best thing I could do was to take a nap and just rest.   As, I went to sleep, I closed my eyes and whispered again, "I trust you Jesus.  I trust you."


I woke up about an hour later feeling great.  Yes, my face was still frozen, but my attitude was uplifted and my fears were all gone.  I knew without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord would heal me in His time, and I knew that the only thing I could do was to embrace this journey. 

You see each day, I pray, "Lord, use me. Use my hands and feet to meet the needs of someone You want to bless today, use my mouth to encourage others that You want to lift up, use my skills and talents to bless my family, my friends and my work place, Use Me God. Use Me.  Not for My Glory, but for Your Glory Lord." 

And, when I realized that this was a way the Lord wanted to use me, I had an immediate peace.  This didn't happen to me to punish me or to hurt me.  No, the Lord allowed this to happen because He will use it for His Glory and to draw me closer to Him. 

A sweet friend of mine reminded me of Acts 5-7, were we are reminded of the GLORY God receives in suffering...the CHURCH grows, we grow and learn to exchange the spirit of heaviness for a garment of PRAISE!  


So,  I have a decision to make each day as I heal:

I have to decide that a positive attitude is much more attractive than a negative one. 
 
I have to decide that laughing at myself when I can't spit out my tooth paste or drink out of a straw without wearing what I am drinking is funnier than getting upset. 
 
I have to decide that taking the time to wear glasses and sleep with a patch over my eye, because I cannot blink out of my right eye, is better risking damaging my eye forever. So, I guess I need a pirate name! Ha!
 
I have to decide to encourage others is much better than talking about all my problems. 
 
I have to decided that I am really not in control at all, the Lord is, and through those decisions, I will recover and be a better person than I was a week ago, when I would have never imagined that I would be writing about my diagnosis with Bell's Palsy. 

Have a blessed weekend my friends, and remember, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Lots of Love,


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My April Wish List...........


I love April.  Its one of my FAVORITE months of the year! I love when the trees and flowers start blooming and getting outside to enjoy the amazing weather.  Its also a time I begin planning for Spring/Summer season, and I've been making a little list of things I've got my eye on this month to buy:

 I would love to finish decorating our master bath this month, and love these pics!  Also, still looking for a new shower curtain and window valance to finish off the room!!

 Loving these flats from Sam Edelman Brayden

 Also, have my eyes on a few flowers for our front and back porch, and even around our mailbox!

 I was introduced to the Keurig last month (yes, I never used one until I started my new job); however, now I am hooked!!  I am hopping my hubby gets me one in my Easter basket. :-)


I am planning to pick up this new book by Arianna Huffington, sounds insightful and intriguing.  

And, who could not pick up a great new Umbrella in April.  You know what they say, April Showers brings May Flowers. 

Here's to a fun April!! 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Happy Birthday to the Davis Boys!!



Today my sweet boys turn the big 13!!  I cannot believe how fast time has flown by, and life just wouldn't be the same without my "little old men."  They bring so much happiness to our home, and Matt and I love to spoil them rotten!! 

The Boys have been with me through college, my quarter life crisis, more than 7 moves, and finally settling down when Matt and I got married 7 years ago.  They are my little rocks, and I adore each day I get to be with them. 

Happy Birthday Boys!!  Love you so very much!!



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