a big ole’ sale & a bread maker

i have been going through my closet and bagging up stuff i need to get rid of for our sale. we are planning a big yard sale for our haiti trip. i had a friend drop by some stuff to add to it yesterday & i am so thankful. we are 1/2 way to our goal & it is so exciting to see the lord provide in amazing ways. i have a habit of when i buy something i get rid of something. i have been feeling like i need a wardrobe change- like my style is changing. we all get in these funks where we are wanting to change our hair, or how we dress or we just want something fresh. here are some looks i have my eyes on.

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seriously= overalls. they are making my  month. i have always loved them.

also, cory & i have started our lose some lbs and working out this week. i bought a scale so i can keep track- i have never owned a scale before. i eat pretty healthy, but i need to add my workout routine back into my life. not a diet, but a lifestyle change. healthy changes are good changes. we have decided to start making our own bread & this bread-maker was recommended to me.

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if any of you  have some good recipes let me know- or tips. i love tips!

one other thing. i finally watch the new hunger games. amazing. love these movies! the books were amazing too. i literally read them all in 5 days. i had no life, but on my couch reading those books. #peetaforlife

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practice makes perfect?

i left work early wednesday- i got a fever and had some chills & i stayed home thursday bc i was still sick & didn’t want to get anyone else sick. i hate being sick more than anything, there is nothing to do and it is a big waste of time. so to make myself feel productive i downloaded lightroom5 & figured it out. i am still figuring it out, but i love it so much. i am so excited to learn more about the program &  i am waiting on my new 50mm lens to come in…it should be here on monday.

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i cannot wait to be back in haiti to practice on those beautiful people & beautiful country. april 28 is just around the corner and we only have $1000 to go, God has been so good in providing for us just like he always does & i am so excited to see what he does this trip.

tomorrow we (ronda & i) have a lovely day planned back at piedmont park to practice with our cameras and get some new photos for our upcoming project we are working on. i cannot wait to have some updated ones  for the blog and for personal use. it is supposed to be a high of 66, which means lunch in the park on an old blanket, long walks, laughs, sunny skies for great pictures and the market will be open! let the weekend adventure begin.

on a good note- my book came in. “back to basics”– it is all about traditional skills- canning- living off the land- what veggies to grow when and where- basically everything i need to know to survive off my land. my dream as you all know is to have my own little farm. so excited for the future & learning to be happy in the present.

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hope you  guys all have an amazing weekend!

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crafts i need to do. asap.

ok guys these are the cutest. i have been filling up my pinterest board with all these fun ideas waiting for some time to do them, but i realize i need to make some time to get started. we all have busy lives, we just have to stop and take a moment to ourselves to let the creativity out. if we don’t make the time no one else will make it for us. right?

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check it out here

i don’t feel like the next one needs to be explained, so here is the picture.

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i am pretty sure i have written about this one before, but i can’t help it. these are so easy and adds a little color. i have some really old ones that were my grandmothers, & i don’t think i could paint those. i do however have some new ones that i will tackle.

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this next one takes a little more time, but oh so cute. gifts. living room. bedroom. bathroom. anywhere & everywhere.

you can find the how to here — this blog is one of my favorites so you should all check it out here

this week you should all take a moment to yourselves to be creative. get your camera out and take a photo or two. start with something easy like painting your wooden utensils. if you like to draw, get out your sketchbook. i promise making time for creativity helps relieve stress. i am speaking from experience here. make time for yourself. we get so buys with our routines we forget to stop and just enjoy the little things. so stop what you’re doing & get creative!

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snarky puppy & penne a la vodka

before the show last night we had ike & sarah over for dinner. cory made penne a la vodka which was amazing. i am constantly surprised by my amazing husband and all his secret skills. i get frustrated sometimes because anything he does he is good at. this is one of my favorite dishes he does & it never disappoints. i remember the first time he made this dish he forgot to reduce the vodka…. lets just say we were at our worst for 3 days.

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ike & sarah are moving to nashville in april, & we are so sad but so excited for them & this new adventure. dexter is going to miss her a ton too.

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i am sure she will blog about her new adventures & you can follow her here

after dinner we headed over to terminal west to watch snarky puppy. i was blown away by the talent on the stage, at some point i was confused bc of all the technical things that were going on at the same time, my brain was being split into 8 different parts. if you have ever listened to them or seen them live you would know what i mean. i looked around at all the people & they looked like they were having a church service. like the shouting, dancing, raising the roof type of church service. it. was. awesome.

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oh & my husband is the sweetest. when he picked me up from work yesterday he had gotten me this new scarf from whole foods. i am so blessed.

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i have been praying a lot lately for our country. hearing all these stories about ukraine & what people all over the world endure everyday breaks my heart. it makes me nervous about what is to come for america but i know God is in control. lets all take a moment to be thankful for every little thing we have. hold people close and love them.

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daydreaming on a saturday

this weekend was so good. i had no plans. no where to be. i watched tv- caught up on white collar & vampire diaries. i cannot get away from that show, but i have always loved vampires so oh well.

saturday ronda came to atlanta. we walked to piedmont park- took some photos- shared some thoughts- made some plans. really exciting plans & i cannot wait to share with you. i have so much creativity i have been wanting to get out. i need an outlet & i think i have found one. yay.

these converse. i love them. i take them everywhere.

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also can we just talk about the weather this weekend? atlanta, you have made me proud. it was gorgeous. we are going back this saturday to take some family photos. we have not done photos in forever, if ever, besides the occasional give your phone to your friend and say take our picture. it will give us good practice too.

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love this picture. it was AMAZING weather.

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we ate at willy’s. i love that place. i used to go there a lot with my friend jillian. good memories in that place.

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it is so refreshing to have a friend like ronda. i love her so much. she has such a sweet spirit & such a giving heart. you should all be so lucky.

sundays are always busy for us. i didn’t go to church bc we had a group coming to stay at the mission house & i needed to be there to greet them. i walked to starbucks & walked to cvs & cleaned the apartment. it was so nice. cory got home late & we walked down the street to have a taco.

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needless to say it was a very good weekend!

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sister sunday, squirrels, & a show

this past week has been eventful. sunday i went to c-town with cory for church but ending up sitting in a coffee shop all morning helping my sister organize her life. we are completely opposite when it comes to things like organization.

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some people say we look like twins

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this past week one of my co-workers brought me some squirrel meat stew. it was so good! i have had squirrel before but not in stew.

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hey, at least i can survive in the wild right?

last night cory played guitar with a band called gin house. they are pretty awesome. this band i had never heard of before called melodime was there & then courrier.

when cory & i first got married he got a guitar tech job with a band called parachute & some of the dates they played with courrier. cory has always spoken so highly of them. great musicians & pretty decent guys all around from what i have heard and the 5 minutes i spoke to them. i finally got to hear them play last night & i lOVED them. i told cory we need to make a road-trip out to austin and see them play there & bc i have never been to austin. if you guys are looking for some good music look them up!

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80’s 4 haiti

last weekend we held a fundraiser #80s4haiti to raise  money for village kanes. we raised $600!!! that is more than enough to put a water tank in so they can have plenty of water. let me tell you, a little kid with chapped lips from thirst walking around with no clothes will change your perspective on a lot of things. at the fundraiser we all dressed up like we were from the 80’s we made all kinds of food and spent some time decorating.

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my husband was in the 80’s cover band & they threw down! it was so fun & i am so thankful to all who came, donated, participated & to the ones that are praying for us.

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our team leaves april 28th- so close, yet so far away. if you would like to donate & help our team do some amazing things you can email me at evanda.estes@gmail.com

keep us all in your prayers please!!

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walks on breaks

love taking walks on my break! stopped by starbucks & got a passion tea lemonade. you guys, seriously? this weather is insanely gorgeous outside. i want to tie up my eno and take a nap!

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donuts & abs

donuts. i have seen so many pictures of donuts lately & i want them!

look at these–

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but i cannot go out and get these delish, yummy, mouth watering things can i? no. why? bc of this..

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i have got to get back in my workout routine. been riding my exercise bike and doing some stuff here & there BUT today i start back- like for real. i feel like i have said that last line so many times, but i am serious. i have been so tired lately & that has a lot to do with what you put into your body and what you are doing with your body. so i really am serious- i need more energy!

cheer to me!

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wishing, wanting, & hoping

wishing for warmer weather where my feet aren’t frozen all day. wanting sun kissed skin. hoping for the days where i can float around in my in-laws pool.

atlanta had its second “snow/ice storm” — i was stuck inside for 2 days with my main squeeze. i did taxes. cleaned out the closets. cleaned the house. baked good for our 80’s dance party this weekend. watched a ton of netflix- & we finally started “lost” & played with our cats.

this is dexter

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i have had a lot of time to think about warmer weather outfits and since i got my white converse in the mail the other day- my outfits are being completed in my mind. i cannot wait to get our computer next month so i can get more involved with my blog- taking pictures and what not of me actually wearing the clothes i buy, and pictures of DIY projects and things I make-

until then, here are some things i found on pinterest.

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what are some things you are wishing, wanting & hoping for?

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