WARNING: Rebecca D. shows flagrant disregard for the rules of punctuation... She uses ellipsis with wild abandon... Punctuation interventions have been done to no avail... If you are offended by such irreverence to the rules of grammar... The very glue that holds our society together... STOP READING NOW... Move on... There is a little button at the top that says "next blog"... You would be well advised to use it... You were warned...

Who I Visit Often...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

There has been a ton of stuff going on and I will share the good, the bad and the ugly soon... I promise! But first I did a little blog house keeping...

As you can see I have made some changes to the "Who I Visit Daily" bar on the side over there... My first change was to make it more honest... I wish I could read blogs daily and there was a point in my life when I was homeschooling the girlies that I could... But now several times a week would be more accurate, but since that was too long to put on the tab I went with often. 

As you can see there has been a little mix up in the line up too... You see, I had not updated who I was actually reading in quite some time... Let me introduce or reintroduce you to my list... (In alphabetical order... Since I love all my bloggy friends and didn't know how else to list them!)

As Jules Is Going : We all know Julie and her band of merry minions... She is more busy refinishing furniture these days then blogging but I still pop over to see if she has posted!

From This Side Of The Pond : Joyce is the captain of the Hodgepodge and a long time bloggy friend... I look forward to meeting her in person someday! Her life is incredibly fascinating and she is incredibly nice! She is a real deal blogger with lots of followers and such but she still takes time to read and comment on my little blog... I told you she was nice!

Herding Grasshoppers : Julie is also a long time bloggy friend who when I spent the day with her & her hubs in Seattle this past spring I realized that bloggy friends are real friends! Her adventures raising three sons in the Pacific Northwest always make for a good read! 

It's Not Easy Being Queen : Carrie is another long time bloggy friend and not taking a side trip to meet up with her while in Seattle is one of my only regrets of the trip! Sometimes I think she and Joyce are sisters separated at birth! She like Joyce leads a glamorous life but does so while being incredibly down to earth and nice! 

Kelly's Korner :  (New to list) I started reading Kelly's blog back when she was pregnant with her first baby... When I took a blogging hiatus a few years back I kinda lost touch with her blog... I started reading her blog again about a year ago and even though I rarely comment and I doubt she has any idea who I am I do enjoy a peek at her adorable southern life! (Plus her love of all things monogrammed makes me swoon!) 

 Life In Grace :  Edie is a big time blogger but her writings really resonate with me... She also has an impeccable since of style that makes me wish I was a bit more southern... Alas I am a northern girl through and through! Her family lost their home in a fire a few years back and how she handled everything was a true example of grace! She has no idea who I am so I can't really call her a bloggy friend, but maybe someday!

Simply Sherri : We all know Sherri from her "Musings By Mommy" blog which she kinda sorta stopped blogging on... She kept reminding me about her other blog but since I haven't updated the list in awhile I hadn't shared where to find her with you! I don't know if you guys know this but Sherri and I knew each other when we both lived in Tennessee... It was soon after she moved that I started blogging and we have kept in touch with each other in the bloggy-sphere ever since!

Sincerely Shannon : (New to list) Shannon's mom is the one and only Joyce from up top there! Every so often she mentions her daughter's blog and I would pop over and read it, but about six months ago I just kept reading. She is young, sweet and full of joie de vivre! (Zest or Joy for life... But the French describes her better!) With her in full on wedding planning mode I am totally addicted to her blog! 

Tidbits From The Tremaynes : Mandi & I have very little in common... She is full of energy and constantly renovating her home (all by herself or maybe with a little help from her dad) when she isn't throwing amazing "cousins" parties and just embracing life as the mom of FOUR adorable kiddos! I read her blog because she makes me laugh all the time... She is irreverent in the right sort of way! Occasionally she will pop over and comment or send me a message and I always feel a bit star struck when she does!

An Ordinary Hausfrau : Conny & I are unlikely friend who I fear if I had met her in real life first I would have completely overwhelmed her with my extreme extrovert ways, but since we met in the bloggy sphere first we got a chance to know each other! She is very real and shares her struggles as well as her joys on her blog. I can really hear her voice and feel like each time I read her blog we are actually just having coffee together! I get to go meet Conny in person this winter since I have a Mary & Martha conference right near her and I am really looking forward to overwhelming her in person!

The Lumberjacks Wife : Taylor is one of the funniest people on the internet and I don't think I am overstating that! Her irreverent look at her day to day life never fails to crack me up! She is raising four kiddos on a (kind of) farm in the Northern Rockies, none of which I think she saw her life being... When I first started reading her blog she was a mild mannered housewife living in town... Then they moved to the middle of nowhere and she decided this was the perfect time for some adventures and misadventures in homeschooling... Her kiddos are in public school these days and so is she! After subbing as a sixth grade teacher most of last year (bless her heart!) she just took a job as a kindergarten teacher! Even though she does not have as much time to blog these days I am always anxiously awaiting her next post!

The Nesting Place : Myquillyn (aka "The Nester") Is a big time blogger up there with The Pioneer Woman (who I also read but needs no promotion from me!) She is famous with like 600 bagillion visitors (give or take a few) and has a book and everything... She has no idea I exist on her planet but she has a since of her own style that I admire greatly and I love reading her posts since like all my favorite blogs she defiantly speaks in her true voice!

We Are THAT Family : Kristen is another big time blogger who does not know I exist... I have been reading her blog off and on for years and she is so inspirational while at the same time being real! I started reading her post regularly again several months ago, and if you don't already visit her I think you'll be glad you did!

PS. This post is so Joy (a lurker on here who happens to also be a friend from my time in Tennessee) will know why I messed with my list! (Love ya, Joy!)

Also my real friend but first bloggy friend Nina is not blogging on her "Nina the Mom" blog these days... I know we all miss her and maybe one day soon we can all check in with her again! Until then, Nina, We all love you and miss you!!!

Thanks for listening,

Facebook Giveaway...

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm doing a little giveaway on my Mary & Martha Facebook Page... 

Just go to "Rebecca's Home. A Mary & Martha Independent Consultant", Like the page, find the post with the following picture... 
Comment what you favorite flower is and TA DA... Just like that you are entered to win the lovely Grace & Gratitude Pitcher ($30 value)!!
Of course if you love it and want to take the chance out of it you can always order one here!

It's just that easy! 

BTW: Speaking of Facebook... Did y'all know my blog has a page? I am guessing you don't since only six people like it, and I am one of them! Hahahahaha!! 
While you are over there on the facebooks entering to win your pitcher and thinking about where you plan to put it, drop by the "High Maintenance Aspirations" page and hit the "like" button... There is nothing in it for you other then my undying gratitude but hey, that and a second mortgage will buy you a cup of coffee! 

Thanks for listening,


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thanks to my amazing customers and two amazing friends who joined my team I earned the opportunity to travel to The Dominican Republic with Compassion in September!!! 

Lookie right there... Not only did I earn it but I was #6 in the WHOLE COMPANY!!! 

I have prayed for years for the Lord to open doors for me to go on a mission trip and he has answered those prayers with a resounding YES!!

I have many things I have to do to get ready for the trip physically, mentally and spiritually and there is one thing you can do to help... 

Mary & Martha supports a child survival center in Santo Domingo... I am looking for people willing to partner with us in supporting this program. It is just $20 a month! 
(Go to http://www.compassion.com/maryandmartha.htm?referer=125661 for more info or to sponsor!)
If you sign up to sponsor come back here and comment here that you've sponsored by July 31st and I will gift you this adorable fully lined tote bag from our new guide coming out August 1st!! It's a $24 value and I will gift it to you FREE as my way of thanking you for your support! 
(This offer is good for people who agree to the $20 monthly sponsorship or a one time donation of $40 or more... You MUST come back here and comment that you have done it to claim your gift! I will email you for an address to send it to!) 

If TEN people sign up to sponsor I will enter everyone who signs up in a drawing for our beautiful Ampersand Tray! ($138 value!!)

 So don't delay... Sponsor today!

Thanks for listening,


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Many of you don't know this but since June 1st I have been working towards earning a mission trip to the Dominican Republic... I have never been able to go on a mission trip so this is something I'd really like to do!

Right now I am $345 in sales away from my personal goal and I have until midnight tonight to get it... If you would like to help please go to www.RebeccasBlessedHome.com and click on the "shop" tab...

Anyone who orders from now until 12 Midnight (July 15th) will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate good until the end of the year!

UPDATE: Thanks to a sweet hostess who closed her catalog party early and those of you who placed orders I over shot my goal by $221!!! That's right... In just four hours I got $566 is sales!! THANK YOU! I do not yet know if I earned the trip but I am blown away by your support!! I will do the drawing for the $50 in a bit!

8th of July...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 In an effort to give our friends from Montana the full east coast experience we whipped up a little tropical storm for their visit... We are nothing if not considerate! 

Seriously though, the first part of their visit was a bit... well, damp... But our spirits were not...
We did have to cross a couple things off our to do list and shuffle things around a bit but I think a good time was had overall... 

I ordered lobsters for the 4th and even though it was a soggy 4th fresh lobster waits for no man so Jed, Allison, family friend Jen (red hair) and some of the Montana crew braved the rain to dig into a pile of lobsters under the umbrella on the deck.

Jen, Jed & Allison coached the newbies through the process...

They dug in bravely... 
(Please ignore my non-clarified butter... I ran out of time and nobody minded.)

The Montana crew all dug in for one whole lobster each then headed in for for the more familiar ribs and fixins' inside... The locals killed the rest! 

We ended the soggy night with our favorite cupcakes who didn't hang around long enough to get their photo op! 

Due to the weather and our planned trip to the island we ended up moving our "party" to the 8th! 
So our friends and family gathered last night for food, fun & belated fireworks! 

Here is a peek...

All the traditional foods...

A make your own berry shortcake bar & s'mores for around the fire pit later on...

Unlike other parties we did one long table down the middle of the yard and all gathered around it...

Allison thought up most of the table decor and we found these fun little "brain teasers" at Cracker Barrel that we placed down the length for people to fiddle with... They were a big hit...

Later we lit up the fire pit, told funny family stories then Paul let off an insane amount of fireworks that left us with a few more crazy stories to tell around future fire pits! 

I am off to the Mary & Martha national conference in Kansas City tomorrow so I will finish catching you all up when I get back!

Thanks for listening,

Vacation Pause...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

We currently have friends visiting from Montana...

They are enjoying the sights and flavors of Maine and we are enjoying them!
We are all headed to the island tomorrow for a couple days of "island time"!
(PS. She hates this picture so don't tell her I posted it!)

See you all soon!!

Thanks for listening,

Hodgepodge 180...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It is the 180th edition of Joyce's Hodgepodge! You go Joyce!!! 

1.  Speaking of 180...when was the last time you 'did a 180' on something?

I did a 180 degree turn on Wal-Mart... I never "loved" it but like everyone else in my little hometown I was excited when they finally started building our "Super" Wal-Mart... After all, there were FOUR Super Wal-Marts within 20 miles of us in Tennessee... It was about time our sleepy little Maine town caught up. Or so I thought... Bigger is not always better... I now despise going to wal-mart... It feels like such a chore and sometimes it literally sucks the will to do anything else out of me! I do everything in my power to avoid it, and have become quite successful at avoiding it for the most part. 

2. It's Independence Week in the US of A! What's your favorite thing about America right this very minute? Favorites only! Let's hear what you love about America.

The people... We recently met a girl from the Ukraine who is working here for the summer. She joined our family for dinner and after we heard all about her we asked her impression of us... Not our family, but Americans as a whole and her response rang so true... She said (I am paraphrasing) "Americans are so happy! You wear your happiness like clothing, on the outside for all to see. Even the "un-happy" American's seem happy by Ukrainian standards. Americans are also so nice and welcoming. I watched a lot of TV and it makes you seem so un-trustworthy but you are not like that, you are as a group the kindest people I have ever met or could imagine meeting." 
Her thoughts resonated with me... We are as a whole happy & kind people no matter what the evening news would have us believe!  

3. Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Watermelon, homemade vanilla ice cream, or blueberry pie?

Stripes... As the seem to have taken over my wardrobe!
Red... I love all the colors but red is hands down my favorite color so if I must pick one! 
Watermelon... I LOVE ice cream and blueberry pie but Allison & I are continuously buying and eating those bowls of pre-cut watermelon in the produce department so I will go with it!

4. When did you last see stars, figuratively speaking?

When we were at our camp I slept in a funny position and my back froze up... It was incredibly painful and Paul had to yank me into a sitting position... I think I may have literally "seen stars" it hurt so much! 

5.  'Clear as a bell', 'with bells on',  'lots of bells and whistles', 'saved by the bell'...which phrase 'rings' truest for you lately?  Have you ever seen The Liberty Bell?

"With Bells On" since we are doing so much traveling and visiting this summer and loving every minute of it I feel like we are constantly arriving or greeting people with bells on!

6. Are you caught up in World Cup fever? Have you watched a lot or a little or none at all?

None at all...

7. Bid farewell to June in 10 words or less.

Impossibly beautiful days... Parties to remember always... Farewell splendid June!
(That was hard!!) 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Mary & Martha is having a sale and although I plan to do a post about it in the next couple days I didn't want you to miss out on anything as it is all "while supplies last"... To order or see larger pictures go to www.RebeccasBlessedHome.com 

Happy 4th Everyone!! 
Thanks for listening,