My dear friends... have been away from regular blogging so long I hardly remember what that feels like!! I appreciate that in keeping it real y'all understand that sometimes hanging out on this page takes a backseat. Last week Adrain was in Nashville all week and my kids were in meltdown while I had a full plate to deal with besides all that. I was toward the end of the week bawling over the phone to Adrain because it was so hard walking hormonal tweens thorough missing daddy and dealing with the excruciating middle-school awkward age social skills side of a child with asperger's, plus LIFE, and I was probably a bit hormonal too, truth be told. My man listened patiently and then he did something that made me cry way harder, even though it wasn't his intent. He had to go to another meeting so I knew he had to get off the phone, but he said, "Can I pray with you?" And right there on the phone with a wife and kids in meltdown, he prayed for me over the phone and it completely undid me. To be loved so much is a gift I don't take lightly. But life returned to normal the minute I stood at the baggage claim in Seattle, and saw his face walking toward me. The world quit spinning and suddenly everything was "alright" again. He looked taller and his shoulders seemed broader than I remembered and I realized how much I had missed testosterone. Ha! (Does that ever happen to you?) (And as it always does, it sure gave me an all new respect for mama's who go it alone non-stop.)
I've been working on something all month- (the BRAVE thing)- in between getting my shop restocked for opening next Wednesday. (Feb 5th!) I can't wait to share more about the brave thing (eeeek!!) but I'm not allowed to give details just yet. I've sure appreciated you cheering me on though. I wouldn't be in this place without your encouragement and constant support. You made this brave opportunity possible for me... and regarding my shop- that goes without saying because if it wasn't for you, I'd never have had the courage to open it up in the first place back in 2011, let alone keep doing it. YOU are my customers, my cheering squad and my friends and I appreciate you so much. (As always, I'm as nervous as can be, just before my shop is about to reopen. I hope you LOVE all the goodies I've been busy creating for you. I love thinking that some of these special items will be finding a spot in your homes. A little piece of me, shipping out to YOU. That's the best thing about this nervous part.)
So... talking about shops. I've got a few girlfriends who were willing to send me some goodies from THEIR shops and I wanted to not only give them away to one of you before Valentine's day, but also share their amazing talents and sweetness with you before I open my shop next week. (I'll be doing another giveaway on Wednesday to kick off my reopening, and it's a few of my favorite things, so be sure and come back!!)
I love these ladies and their hearts. All of them are precious women that I either know in real life, or would someday love to know in real life. They make special things, and I can promise that you'll love everything you ever purchase from them. I'm doing this as ONE giveaway, though there are several components. I wanted to break down all the separate adorable items you'll be getting in the mail if you win!
Megan from Shop Nestled, makes jewelry that stuns. I own several of her pieces including a statement necklace, bracelet and cocktail ring, and they are some of my favorite things! She is giving away a pair of the cutest teal green rhinestone studs (Oh I wanted to keep those so much!) and a teal green cocktail ring. She is also offering 10% off any order right now, with the coupon code "LEMONADE10"
My friend Amber from Half Pints Prints, (who is also a sponsor of this blog) makes prints and invitations and takes custom orders. She is giving away these two Valentine- themed prints. They are the sweetest!! She is also offering a 20% discount code good toward anything in her shop by using the code "LOVEANDLEMONADE"
My friend Becky from Farmgirl Paints, makes leather cuffs and now sells her artwork too! She is giving away a sweet cuff that will practically go with anything you wear, and says, "be love." She is also offering a coupon code toward her shop for you guys. Use "LMM15" for 15% off. She opens her shop on Feb 3 and will only remain open for orders until the 7th, so be sure and place your orders according to that schedule. Her cuffs make wonderful gifts.
My friend Heather from Life Made Lovely, makes printables, prints, and designs blog layouts that make you drool. She is giving away this set of prints (above). (My favorite from her shop is probably the "Be still and know" print. It hangs in my office/ guest room.) She is also offering 20% off your purchase by using the code "LOVELY20"
Okay, so I'm waiting for the exterminator to find the dead animal that is stinking up my home, presumably under my house as I type this, so I've got to go... How's that for a closing?? I've been keeping ya posted on that if you follow my Instagrams (@lemonademakinmama). However... I will announce the winner Wednesday when I reopen my shop and host "My favorite things" giveaway. In order to enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment of encouragement for these precious ladies and the beautiful things they create. You may also tweet, pin, instagram, blog, or facebook this giveaway for extra entries, just leave a separate comment for each of those.
Now cross your fingers the exterminator finds the dead animal!! I'm freezing with all my windows open right now.