Happy 2nd Anniversary Everyday Marvalous

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The boys looking out from the 5th floor hotel window above Dallas Street, Houston, TX in 2015. This reminds me to keep looking up.

It was 2 years ago today that I first launched Everyday Marvalous.  Despite the joy that I get from working on my blog, a few other things came up this year that kept me from it. Some were of high priority like family and work, and there were some that were just time wasters.

Facing 2018, I realize that a few things need to change.

No. 1 – Aligning my every day with God’s plan for me and not my own. What God has for me is far greater than anything that I can give to myself or get from someone else.

No. 2 – Spending my limited and valuable time on what really matters most, God, myself, and family. (Note: It is not selfish to make yourself a priority before your family. By this ranking, my intent is to fulfill number three below. It is true, that better that you take care of yourself, the better you can care for your family.) 

No. 3 – Maintaining my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I am a gift to myself and others. Without good health, I would not be able to offer to others as much as God has planned for me.

On this second anniversary, I am prepared to close out 2017 with thankfulness for all of wonderful things that happened and challenges from which I learned . Further, I am committing to make the needed changes so that 2018 will be even more fruitful.

This life we live is beautifully complicated and simple. The complication comes in with the challenges that we face.  However, if we keep our priorities in order, it simplifies our lives, keeps us focused on what really matters, and we find that we can more easily navigate through the challenges.

Blessings to you on this wonderful New Year’s Eve! It will be a “Marvalous” 2018!

 

 

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More good stuff in 2017

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The year 2016 did not quite live up to the “sweet sixteen” that many had hoped.  We can always remember the negative so much easier than the positive. Every year brings it own set of blessings and challenges. This is what we call life. We must live it to the fullest. Let’s make a promise to each other to love more, laugh more, forgive more, grow more, and trust God more. I am starting 2017 with open eyes and an open heart.

Love and God bless to you all!

This past weekend…

Oh how I miss the past weekend and, yet, long for the coming weekend. I thoroughly enjoy the time spent with my family.  I am working to focus on the really important things in life, like family, good health, and a strong relationship with God. When I consider these things, I realize how blessed I really am. Then all of the inconveniences, disappointments, or plans that just don’t quite work out seem insignificant. So on Wednesday, I will fondly remember this past weekend and look forward to the one coming. Here are some pictures from that weekend. Enjoy. Have a “marvalous” rest of the week!

 

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Fancy new hair cut on Friday!

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Watching Ted and the boys pass the football in the front yard on Saturday.

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Sunday, in the kitchen making meals for the family. Dinner was fresh steamed broccoli, shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta, and for sandwiches later I made tuna fish salad. It was all delicious!

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My new favorite picture of my hubby and I ready to leave for church. Who left the power cord plugged into the wall?

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These are my favorite Vince Camuto shoes from  a few seasons ago. Love them!

What I’m Excited About

 

The past few weeks have been full of work and a lot of fun. There are some things lately that I am really excited about and have enjoyed tremendously.

5. Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara – It will make you look like you have on false lashes!

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Copied from: shop.Nordstroms.com

 

 

4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – It smells delicious and the Fiery (red) is a vibrant and beautiful color.

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Copied from: shop.Nordstroms.com

3. Fruit Smoothies – I have been preparing these at home with bags of fresh fruit that I freeze so that they will be ready to blend every morning. I blend it with coconut water, apple juice, whey protein, spinach, a drop of lemon juice, and my bag of fruit. Healthy and delicious! (Thank to the Real Ladies of Lakeridge below for getting me started on the smoothies!)

 

2. Diner en Blanc Dallas – It is one of the most fabulous night of the year in Dallas. You get dressed up in white, pack your dinner, table, chairs, and are bused to a secret location to party the night away with at least 2000 other people.  If you have not heard about this, please, check it out on Facebook. There are many other cities that host these events, like New Orleans, Altanta, Paris, etc. It will certainly fascinate you. There is no experience like it. I love it!

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We are dressed in white and ready to go.

 

1. The Real Ladies of Lakeridge – These ladies are new friends of mine and neighbors. We share the love of good health, fitness, healthy eating, and having a great time together. Our walks are filled with great conversation and laughter. These ladies are so much more to me than a walking group. We encourage each other with activities to promote good health, support philanthropic events together, socialize, pray for and spiritually encourage each other. These ladies are more like sisters and a blessing in my life.

 

These are some of the things and people that I am excited about lately.  What about you? It doesn’t have to be a big event to get excited. Blessed is the person who finds joy in the small things in life. When you do, it makes the big events even more spectacular. God Bless! Have a marvalous weekend.

 

 

 

Missed you!

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I am back from a very long absence of blogging. There have been major events in our family and my work that required my time and attention. My blog, Everyday Marvalous, is my passion and creative outlet. This is a great opportunity for me to share that things that I love and enjoy, gives me a voice beyond my social circle, and hopefully encourages others to live a life of love and fulfillment. I have also missed you, too. I appreciate all of the kind words and thoughtful feedback that you have given me. I am so grateful and feel so blessed.

This morning, I want to share one of my favorite Psalms with you. I have incorporated this into my daily prayer. I hope it blesses you, as it has me.

XOXO

Marva

 

Psalm 150 (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

  Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

 

The BombMom.com

Sometimes thinking about the past weekend really helps me get through Mondays. This past weekend was a great one. I was able to enjoy watching my sons participate in a swim meet on Saturday. They are really good swimmers and continue to amaze me. My children are truly blessings to me.

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Motherhood is the hardest, most fulfilling, and best job that I will ever have. So, I treasure the moments when I get to watch them and pat myself on the back for doing a great job with them. Yes, I said pat myself on the back. Although, they make me feel appreciated. I fully recognize that I am the “bombmom.com.” That may sound a bit overconfident. However, too often, we, Moms, look and the bumps in  our children’s lives and think that we have failed them in some way. Our children, like us, are not perfect. Ideally, we would all like to learn from the mistakes of others. However, there are times that we are at the center of the lesson. Therefore, I take these situations as opportunities for my children and I. Note: I am not talking about severe life lessons as the result of criminal activity or worse. I am referring to the natural bumps along the way, like forgetting to put their homework in their backpack, talking to much in class, or finding out that someone was not really their friend, etc.

We, Moms, need to give ourselves credit for doing our best. Our best is what our children need. When we give them our best, so do they in return. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor now and in the future when your children are older. To all the mothers who read my blog, I officially proclaim that you, too, are the “bombmom.com.” Have a great start to the week!

The Unexpected Remodel

Our family took on a small home remodeling project due to some recent water damage in the media room. As a lover of interior design, I saw this as an opportunity to upgrade the space. If the work has to be done, why not add to the budget a bit to get the most out of it. So we did.

To help me figure out what I wanted to do with the space, I spent quite a bit of time on the Houzz app to determine my colors for the space, etc. I wanted something to make the stained glass windows really POP!  By the way, I love the Houzz app. It is so easy to loose track of time when viewing the beautiful images of the homes from kitchens, baths, bedrooms, outdoor landscape and any area that you can imagine. I appreciate being able to search for specific looks, too. For example, after I decided to paint the room a dark chocolate color, I then searched for brown media rooms. That search lead to pages of images with varying amounts of brown from the walls to the furniture, and even the pillows in the room. I do recommend that you try it to give you ideas on future projects or even just for fun.  The best part…. The app is free! You can also access Houzz from the internet at http://www.houzz.com.

 

Here is a before picture… midway through the remodel.

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And here are the after photos.

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The media room after the installation of the carpet.

 

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My beautiful stained glass windows!

 

I took a bit longer than I anticipated. We upgraded some of the light fixtures, carpet, texture on the ceiling, and the baseboards.Even still, I have a few more things to do to complete the decorating, such as artwork on the walls and upgrading the bookshelves. However, I am extremely happy with the outcome. My family has a renewed desire to watch movies and enjoy the room. I even enjoy working out in the space more than ever!

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures and found some inspiration for your next planned or even unplanned remodel.  May you, too, have a Marvalous time decorating.