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I see pretties, lots of pretties….

“Who needs Canton when you have a mom and mother-in-law like mine?”

That’s exactly the question I was asking myself when I got home yesterday from a weekend of fun with my mom and mother-in-law in…you guessed it!…Canton. <Well, actually we hung out at my in-laws house near Tyler, TX for the weekend…but with the purpose of exploring Canton Trade Days to see what kind of pretties we could find. *wink*>

Mom took the day off of work on Friday to catch up on some things and make her way down to MW at a leisurely pace…so needless to say she was nice and relaxed by the time she got to me. I, on the other hand, had worked all day (minus the 30 minutes I slipped away early) with the highlight being the full-fledged screaming, crying, arms-crossed fit of a kindergartener.  I was not quite so relaxed…or nice, come to think of it…as we began our weekend adventure.

I’m thinking Mom had the right idea.

After a late night of stuffing ourselves with Debbie’s yummy baking and lots of girl talk, we woke up and set off for the Trade Days. I’ve been a couple of times before, once with Mom, but it was Debbie’s “Canton initiation.” And what an initiation it was. I can’t think of many other places I have ever been where it was so. stinking. crowded.

Overall we had a nice time, but holy moly…it was hard to do much shopping, or even looking, with the wall to wall crowds. The temperature was even bordering on just plain hot; blessedly there was a cool breeze that would blow through just when you needed it.

I’d say the lesson of the day for us was this: don’t go to Canton in November. We aren’t hardcore enough shoppers for that craziness.

In the midst of the madness we did manage to find a few bargains…here are mine!

Fruit of the Spirit painting…I’ve seen several similiar to this on Pinterest, so now I’m happy to have my own!

Neither my mom, or Debbie, or Chris understand why I would buy this next piece…but I love it! I saw “&” signs all day long…so when I found this big one for a reasonable price I decided to go for it. I’m excited for us to us it during our family photo shoot next weekend, and I think it’s a fun piece to add to our decor!

(*I actually bought this last piece at a really cool store Mom and I stopped at on Sunday…I think I could have bought almost everything they had!) Chalkboards seem to be all the rage these days…I’m definitely feelin’ it!

I also bought Chris an ammo can (for really cheap apparently; he wishes I would have bought more than 1!), but that was about my budget limit. I’m happy with my purchases and what they add to our little love nest…but they don’t even begin to compare to the other pretties I received this weekend. Honestly, I can say that nothing I saw at Canton was quite like the goodies I was given by my Mom and mother-in-law…nor quite as beautiful. I’m blessed to have such talented ladies in my life!

Over the last year or so Mom has been collecting vintage ornaments to make beautiful themed wreaths. She knew this one would be perfect with my fruit themed kitchen/dining room, and I couldn’t agree more. I love it!

(She also brought me a gorgeous red and blue toy soldier themed wreath to match my Christmas decor…I can’t wait to hang it as well! Don’t worry, you’ll get to see it when the time is right!)

My mother-in-law is an amazing seamstress…just look at the stockings she made for Chris and I!

I am in *love* with them. I know they will be part of our Christmas celebrations for many, many years to come. So special!

There was enough fabric left over for her to make me a matching apron…this picture is just a preview. It’s so cute I’m sure I’ll be taking plenty of pictures while wearing it this holiday season!

She also whipped up a few napkin/dishtowel/rags/whatever I want them to be for me. I just love the vintage look of the fabric!

I’d have to say, I’m pretty spoiled. I love all of my new pretties, but I love the women that gave them to me even more. Spending time together this past weekend was just what I needed, and I just can’t say enough how thankful I am for the two of them.

The only thing I wish I would have gotten that I didn’t?

A picture of the 3 of us together.

Guess we’ll just have to do it again sometime. 😉


P.S. – To all of my Bangs friends…my mother-in-law is selling stockings at the Bangs Christmas Bazaar that’s coming up. You are definitely going to want to check them out!

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The secret to becoming a good reader…

A few days ago, I whispered to my kinders that I knew THE SECRET to becoming amazing readers.

“I wonder,” I said, “if anyone might want to know my secret. Hum…” Then I looked around the room, as though I didn’t see them all sitting there, bouncing on their bottoms, saying “Me!” and “I do!” and “I wanna know the secret!”

“Oh! You do?! You guys want to know the secret?”

<Insert more bouncing and blurting and wiggling and giggling here.>

“Well, you’re going to have to beg me for it then. I don’t tell just anyone my reading secrets.”

<Insert lots of on their knees, hands folded, pleading eyes and mouths here. And no, I’m not joking.>

“Okay, then…I guess I’ll tell you…but lean in close…”

And then I told them.






So….do you wanna know the secret too? The secret to helping the child in your life become a better reader?

I thought you might.

It’s really no secret at all…the best way to become a better reader is to read, read, read, read, read, read, read. And read again. And when you think you are done reading, read some more.

Read for them, read to them, read with them, listen to them read, let them see you read.

Read in the kitchen, read in the bathtub, read on the porch, read on the couch, read with the dog for pete’s sake.

It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be frustrating.

Just read.


One of my kinderbabies is a pretty rockin’ reader. I was talking with her mom, and she mentioned that this past summer they went to the local library almost every day to read. She said “I read to her everyday, and then one day….she started reading to me.”

This mom gets it.


As I was sharing this story with my Mom, it made us think of our own experiences. As a child, my mom would take me to the library in the summers as well. We would check out an entire box full of books, which I would slide under my bed and read during the two-week check out period. Mom had a couple of “rules” for our visits…

#1 – I could pick out half of the books, and she picked out the other half. While I picked books I was interested in, she picked books that she thought I could find a little reading success in.

#2 – At the end of the 2 weeks, all the books had to go back. ALL of them. It was great incentive for me to make sure I read all those babies before we returned them.

I would read everytime we got in the car (it’s why I have no sense of directionality!)…often to the frustration of my dad, who would be tellin’ me to put that book away and look out the window. I would sit inside on beautiful days and read, and when my parents told me to go outside and get some fresh air, I would sneak my book out with me.

I also remember just reading everything I could get my hands on. <I’m still not that different actually.> I would read the cereal boxes when I ate breakfast, the shampoo bottle as I took a bath, just…everything.

Heck, I even vividley remember trying to read a chapter book backwards once.

What a nerd.


Anyway, I could go on and on. <Don’t worry…I won’t.> I’m a total bookworm at heart.

But, even if you aren’t, the principle remains the same.

Read to your babies.



P.S. – In case I haven’t said it lately…thanks Mom!

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