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Installing Your Fonts

Hi Friends! Y’all know I LOVE Creative Market and they have the BEST fonts.  I’ve been sharing some of my favorites on my facebook page from time to time, especially the free goodies, and the biggest question I get asked is HOW to install these amazing fonts.  I have a Mac, so I will show you how I get them installed onto my laptop.  Easy, I promise!step onestep twostep threeStep fourstep fiveall done!


Miscellaneous Monday

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Happy Monday!  We had a long and productive weekend.  I sort of feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend..haha

our nesting place blogThis past Friday was “Staff Appreciation Day” on campus.  It was so nice! Door prizes, live entertainment (by fellow employees), free food, snow cones, ice cream, games and activities.. it was a really nice break from the everyday of working.  One of the music groups were a gospel group.. all employees of MSU.  It was really neat to have that as our entertainment.. it seems like lately anything considered Christian is criticized, so it was nice to have that out in the open and to see so many people enjoying it and being blessed by it! 

our nesting place blogMy Staff Appreciation Day was cut short by a little boy with a stomach bug.  It was a mild stomach bug, so I was very thankful for that. (Tristan was too, I’m sure)  Patches made sure he was OK!our nesting place blog While Tristan rested I was able to get our grass mowed.. which was a huge blessing because if not I would have had to cram that into our weekend.  I felt so accomplished! Especially for tackling that crazy and temperamental riding mower!our nesting place blog

our nesting place blogWe have a new summer tradition at our house! ICE CREAM MONDAYS! Woohoo! Mondays are usually hard, so having this to look forward to on Monday is really nice!  Last week we had Chick-Fil-A ice cream and this week we are going to try something else.  We are going to try to go somewhere different every week.  I allow myself to enjoy this treat with the kids.. and it’s totally worth it!our nesting place blog

our nesting place blogThis weekend I was able to accomplish a lot at home.  It’s so important to be organized, because then it only takes you 15 / 20 minutes to clean your entire house from the day and from kids running around.  I go to bed with a clean house every night – except for a few rooms that were needing some extra time spent on them.  I was able to deep clean the master bathroom and the kids bathroom, deep clean the master bedroom, and go through both kids clothes.  I’m so happy I got those things done.  Next weekend, I will go through each kids room and just add some adult cleaning touches (they do a great job cleaning their bedrooms, but sometimes a momma or daddy needs to help!) It will feel so good getting those “spring cleaning” tasks done!

our nesting place blogI haven’t been working out yet, but today I start working out from home after the kids go to bed – I am kinda nervous! I hope I’m not too tired by the time I get started.  I start my day at 5:45 and I don’t stop until after 9PM some evenings.  I think I need to simplify things a little bit.  :) I’m sure once I get in the routine it will all fall into place!happy monday


Mini Mason Jar Succulent Starters

Mini Mason Jar Succulent Starters : Our Nesting Place BlogYou could put a handful of spiders in a mason jar and I would love it! Well, that may be exaggerating a little bit, because I really hate spiders, but it’s no lie I absolutely love mason jars.  Any shape or size.  Teacher appreciation week came up at my daughters school, and I had a list of 5 teachers to buy something for.  I absolutely LOVE all the teachers at her school (my son goes there for after school, so 2 of those teachers were his) and I wanted to do something nice for them, but we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on 5 different people.  Mini Mason Jar Succulent Starters : Our Nesting Place BlogI’ve been really interested in succulents lately, and I had those on my mind, so I thought it might be cute to make little succulent starters for their teachers.  They are something that is fairly low maintenance, cute, and should last a long time.  I hope they enjoyed them as much as I did!  I already had the dirt, the succulents were packed into 4 little single plants, and the mason jars came in packs of 4 as well.  They were such a cute and inexpensive gift to give for teacher appreciation week. Mini Mason Jar Succulent Starters : Our Nesting Place Blog

Totally Random


Today I’m home with a sick child AND waiting on someone to stop by to fix our air conditioner.  Today just feels so totally random and weird.. my routine is messed up and that tends to throw me off for the entire day.  Trying really hard to wrangle this day back and make something productive of it!  In the meantime, I thought I’d blog.  One of my favorite linkups of the past was something that was just random / miscellaneous things going on.  Seems fitting for today!

ONEStarbucks Did you guys see this?! It’s only here for a limited time, but wouldn’t it be so wonderful it it was an ALL THE TIME thing?! I wonder what the nutritional values are for a mini?  This is a perfect size for kids!! I haven’t been able to see much on it from the Starbucks website, so has anyone seen them first hand?! Things like this make me WAY too excited!

TWOStarbucksAnother awesome thing from Starbucks (My newsletter was full of great things this last time!) I’m thinking this would be a great breakfast to take to work or have on the go.  The packaging is cute, too! I’m a sucker for cute packaging. 

THREEThe CroodsThe Croods : I have no idea if this was considered a popular movie or not, BUT Kate absolutely LOVES this movie.  On the weekends we let the kids watch movies on their iPads, and she ALWAYS watches this one.  She’s home sick today, and guess what we are watching? Each time she watches it she acts like she’s never seen it’s the most exciting movie ever to her! I love it.  


A few weeks ago my mother in law & I went to Lowes and raided the discounted racks for some flowers.  It was SO MUCH FUN! My flowers are starting to look nice! Some of them still haven’t bloomed, which worries me, but I keep taking care of them everyday.  Hopefully they will soon!ONP BLOGONP BLOGONP BLOG ONP BLOGI love the green filler plants.. and I have some hostas that I planted but they haven’t grown yet :(  Hopefully soon!

FIVEONP BLOGI’ve made it 1 week on my Cleanse and I’m down 5.6 pounds.  Feeling so happy about that! I only have a couple more days of the cleanse, then I move on to the last portion of my challenge.  I’m so happy I decided to do this! 


Our sweet patches loves this basket.  he’s been laying there ever since he was a wee little kitten.  Now he’s a big “hoss cat” and he just about fills the basket up.  haha!ONP Blog


Next Step : Moving Forward!

I wanted to start off by saying THANK YOU for all the prayers, text messages, email, etc.  I am feeling so much better lately.  I think this new medication is the one.  I am so thankful for the people responsible for making this medication because it’s a lifesaver for so many.  I also want to thank my mom for helping me get my medication – it’s REALLY expensive and more than I can afford.  I hate having to depend on my family financially at my age, but I’m so thankful for their help.  I hope I can repay them sooner rather than later.  I know we won’t be in school for forever.. this is only temporary!Next Step : Moving Forward With the depression I packed on a lot of pounds.  I was already overweight, so extra pounds on top of a short overweight person was a little much.  My frame isn’t built for this much weight.  I’m really struggling with the simplest tasks.. just because my size gets in the way. I feel like I’m feeling good enough now to tackle the next step in getting me healthy.. I need to lose this weight.  

I’ve probably said “I’m going to lose weight” 50 times.. and it’s scary to take on this challenge because I always fail.  I just know I NEED to.  I’m praying this time I can make it work.  I have to keep reminding myself it’s a slow process and as long as I keep moving forward, I can succeed!  Every time I start this challenge, my “goal pounds to lose” keeps getting bigger.  Now, I need to lose 97 pounds to be in a healthy weight for my frame / diabetes, etc.  Goodness.. that’s a scary number!


Yesterday was my DAY 1.  I have a goal to lose 60 pounds by Christmas.. then go on to lose the last 37 pounds by May 2016.  That will give me 1 year to reach my final goal of 97 pounds.  Maybe by then I will just round it up to 100 pounds ;).  My goals aren’t set in stone so much, because I don’t want to feel like giving up if I don’t reach my goal, but I’ve set them in a way that’s easily obtainable.  Now, I need to coach myself on doing the right things! 

I am starting out by doing a healthy cleanse.. and that’s something I can talk about more next week once I’ve completed it.  It’s a 10 day cleanse that I absolutely LOVE.  I’m actually doing a challenge for the first 24 days to get my body jumpstarted into some weight loss.  I can’t wait to share all of that with you! It’s really nice!

I sure would love your prayers! I need to stay strong! I am trying to eat low carb, so any recipes or meals or snacks you’d like to share, I’m all ears!  I have a problem eating the same things over and over and then getting burnt out – as long as I can make filling / low carb meals, I’m happy.  I know I have a lot to learn!

Thank you again for all the wonderful POSITIVE support you guys have shown me over the last few weeks.  I am just so thankful for your friendship!