Black Friday Giveway from The Evolution of Mom



Black Friday Giveway from The Evolution of Mom

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Project Redo Furniture

This was one of my favorite projects that I have done so far. Not sure if it is because it turned out so good or if it was so fun to do. My Aunt gave me this corner cabinet and instead of just leaving it like it was which wasn’t horrible but you could tell it was old, I decided to make it into a piece of furniture that I would enjoy looking at.

Of course I forgot to take an actual “before” picture but I took one after I disassembled it and had sanded it down. So you can get an idea of what it looked like before.Image     You can see by the picture above that I took the back panels off, took the cabinet doors off, and took the shelves and drawer out. I also went ahead and took off all the hardware since I was replacing those anyways.ImageAnother picture after sanding everything.Image   One of the best tools I have ever bought. It was only $30 at Lowe’s. It did just the job I needed it to do.

Now it was time to mod podge fabric onto the panels. Mod Podge is one of my favorite craft supplies. It does everything it seems like.ImageWhen using Mod Podge, I always use a sponge brush. It seems to go on better with them.Image  Next I applied the fabric. I found the fabric at my favorite craft store of all time, Hobby Lobby. That place always seems to have everything you could possibly think of. Plus its Christian based and always plays Christian music, always a reason to shop there, right?Image  Next I had to Mod Podge fabric onto the back board since I was not going to disassemble it that far. Image

Image    The yellow tool that you see in this picture is a life saver when cutting fabric! So easy to use, but be careful and make sure you use a cutting mat or you WILL cut through everything, even something you didn’t want to cut. Oops.

Next, it was time to paint!Image        I chose a color called “Mountain Smoke.” I wanted a gray color but I didn’t want it to be boring gray. When I saw the name of the color I got, I just knew that was the one 🙂 The little roller you see in the above picture was well worth the $5 I paid for it. It was made to paint cabinet doors and things and was just the right size for this project.Image     So let the painting begin!Image      All the painting was done, now just to reassemble everything. First I put the shelves back in. And by the picture below, you can see I had to do a little touch up work. No big deal 🙂Image    Got all the shelves back in their places and started to nail the back panels back in place.ImagePanels are nailed back in place and I LOVE the way it looks!Image   Next, putting all the hardware back on and putting the cabinet doors and drawer back in.

Image    The knobs and handle you see in the above picture was from Hobby Lobby too. Told you that place has EVERYTHING!

I have to say I am very pleased with the way this cute little corner cabinet turned out. The Mod Podge fabric adds dimension to it instead of just being painted all over.ImageImage     So the lessons learned through this project were make sure your drill is charged because it does make life a little easier, use a cutting mat, fabric on furniture IS a good idea, and never settle for something that you are not going to love to look at. For just $35 (not including the new tools I bought) I made a cabinet that is fun to look at and something that I will enjoy for years to come.


It Seems Like Yesterday…

I hate to be cliche, but it really does just seems like yesterday that I found out I was going to be a big sister. Oh how I was so beyond excited!!  Of course, I wanted it to be a baby girl and Miles, our brother wanted a baby boy. I remember coming home from school and mom handed me the ultrasound and asked if I could tell what it was…well, I couldn’t really tell but I just knew it was a GIRL!  The excitement was overwhelming. 9 months was a long time for any kid to wait for something especially a new little sister.

When Megan Elizabeth Ensley was born, I was instantly in love with the most precious baby girl in the world. And I must say that I was very protective over her. As mom would always say, I was her second mother.  Just want to share some of the memories I have of when she was a baby.

I remember Megan learned to walk when she was only 9 months old. It was the cutest thing to watch this little person walk around. Another thing I remember is her love of water. She loved the pool and loved the ocean. She was most definitely a water bug, and still is. She learned how to swim quite young. I remember when we were on vacation in Florida, we were all swimming in the swimming pool and Megan had her arm floaties on. She threw her legs up and decided to impress us with her mad back floating skills, so cute. She was good at it 🙂 Another vivid memory I have was when she tripped over her own little sandals in Sears and busted her head open. Of course I felt so guilty because I was the one watching her at that time. Normally, if she was in my care, she was in my arms, but I put her down only to get a sip of water from the water fountain. Well, a trip to the ER and about 4 or 5 stitches later she was ok but she still has the scar, sorry Megs. Another memory I have when she was a baby is when she was about 2 years old and could barely talk. We were out in the ocean and Dad was holding her. He would pick her up high when the waves would come and some would splash in her face. She then turned to her Dad and said very clearly, “I can’t swim under these conditions.” HAHAHAHA. Oh it was priceless. We couldnt believe what she said. We later learned that she got it from the cartoon Chip and Dale that she loved to watch.  

So why am I writing this post today. Well today is Megan’s last day of Middle School and after today she will officially be a High Schooler. I absolutely cannot believe it. I still look at her as this little girl. But I have to admit she has grown into a beautiful young lady. I’m so proud of all she has done so far and to be able to say that I am her big sister. I guess I taught her well 😉

Megan, I am very proud of you! I know you are going to do great things in High School. Enjoy your time there because it flies by and before you know it, you will be graduating! Keep up the good work. I love you so much!

Megan with her cast


At the Beach


At my wedding 2009. Notice Im still taller in this picture. Megan now has me by two inches.

At Dad’s 50th Birthday party

Aunt Megs


Another project completed

So I told you I was working on one more pinterest inspired project and I finished it today.  Click here to see the original idea. This was also made for my little nephew, South. 

This took a lot more time and effort than I thought it was going to but it turned out pretty cute. So without further ado, here it is.


The letters are made out of some of his baby clothes. Cute keepsake 🙂 


Pinterest Inspired Projects

So just like most women these days, I have fallen in love with PinterestThis site is filled with crafts, around the house ideas, and food galore. I found these two projects on the site and decided to give it a go, adding my own twist to each project.

This first project came from my obsession with burlap. Not sure why I love the look of burlap so much but I do 🙂


Here’s the link to the original blog site where I got the burlap letter idea.


The flowers that I made came from a different blog I found on pinterest, here is that link.

My next project was a very special one to be able to make. My nephew ‘South’ was born last September and oh man I love that little precious baby so much.  I found this next project on pinterest and just knew I HAD to make this for him…well…more for his mom, Heather.  Here is that link to the blog I first saw it at.


In the shadow box is the outfit and hat he wore home from the hospital, their hospital ID bands, his first favorite pacifier, the information that was on his hospital basinet, his birth announcement, and the letter “S” for South.


This was a very fun project to make and a great way to display all this memorabilia. It also keeps it nice and safe 🙂

The next pinterest inspired idea that I am going to start working on soon is here.  A pillow with “South” on it, made out of all his baby clothes.  I’m not the greatest seamstress in the world, so I’m crossing my fingers that this turns out the way I have it pictured in my head.

It’s Spring

Spring arrived a little early this year along with tons of the yellow stuff…pollen.  Thank the Lord I do not have an allergy to that stuff or it would not have been a pretty site. Mike did get sick during the first week but with the assistance of allergy medications and antibiotics he recovered quickly 🙂 

So what else comes along with Spring…FLOWERS.  I was out grocery shopping and decided that our house needed a little more sprucing up outside so I bought Gerbera Daisies (my favorite flower), Petunias, a Wondering Jew hanging basket, a shepherd staff, and potting soil.  I had fun outside potting all my new flowers in there new pots. And it does spruce up the outside of the house, if I say so myself. 🙂    


Notice the hanging basket, the gerbera daisy on the ground, and the shepherd staff plant to the right.



New town, new home, new adventures

The title of this blog explains it all. Here recently Mike and I have moved to our new home for the next three years. We now call Fort Gordon, Georgia home. Moving here was a big step for me. After living in one small town my whole life (until I went to college), I consider myself somewhat of a home body. Let’s just say, for me, there was some uneasiness involved.

We moved all our stuff from Lynchburg, Virginia and did it quite quickly. We rented a 12×12 Uhaul trailer to pull behind Mike’s truck and then we had my SUV to pack stuff in. Plenty of space to pack all our stuff, right? Wrong. Well little did we know we had a lot more stuff then space to pack it in, ugh. I had to start picking and choosing stuff that could be thrown away, given away, or go with us. It was good to get rid of the junk but there were some things that I would not have minded taken with us but we just couldn’t fit anymore stuff.  For the most part, Mike and I packed everything ourselves but when it came to our huge bedroom furniture thank goodness we had friends to help carry that. After packing everything  that would fit we hit the road to North Carolina to visit my family. Since we did not have a home on base yet we stored all of our stuff in a shed that Miles (my brother) had outside his house instead of paying for a storage shed. After a few days in NC, Mike and I hit the road again to GA.  We had no idea where we were going to stay when we got there so needless to say, it was a little nerve racking.

When we arrived on Ft Gordon, there was no rooms available in the hotel on base…of course. So we had to get a hotel off base until we found somewhere more permanently to live until a house on base came available. We then begin our search for a small cheap apartment. The issue we ran into was that most apartments did not rent month to month, which is what we needed because we did not know when a house would open up. We finally found a place that did a 3 month lease, which was about the right amount of time we needed. So we moved all we brought with us into a 1 BR, 1 Bath tiny apartment. When I say tiny, I really mean it was tiny. Keep in mind all our stuff was in storage in NC so all we had with us were some kitchen supplies and clothes.

So what did we sleep on…an air mattress. Air mattresses might look comfy but they are not meant to be slept on long term for sure. We inflated ours so much that it eventually over inflated on one side.  What did we sit on…lawn chairs. We were roughing it a little bit all except we did have a bathroom and kitchen. 🙂

Pause for a short story: One night while we were sleeping in that apartment on the air mattress which was on the floor. I was half asleep/half awake. All of a sudden I felt something on my face and very quickly swiped it off. Well I was fully awake then and made Mike get up to turn the light on to find out what it was. Well after we moved the air mattress away from the wall there it was….a HUGE cockroach. Gross!!! I was so done living there and all I wanted was to finally move into our new house on base but we would have to wait about another month.

We finally got the call that we could move into a house on base December 6. It was the exact house that we wanted to get. It was perfect. When we got that call we still had to wait about 3 more weeks.  We were so excited to finally have this home. December 6 came and we met the representative at the house to get the keys and sign the lease. What a great day that was!!  We LOVED the house. 4 BR, 2.5 Baths, 2 car garage and LOTS of storage!! It was beyond perfect. It’s also tucked away in a quiet neighborhood.  Later that day our new living room furniture was delivered so you can imagine that it was a REALLY exciting day.

3 days later Mike left for drill in VA and I headed up to NC to pick up all our stuff. When I got to NC my parents, Papa, and brother had already loaded up the moving “truck” and were ready to ride to GA. Yes, we rented a moving “truck” this time and not a trailer because I still had all my wedding gifts in storage boxes at my parents house. Needless to say everything fit just fine in the truck. My parents, sister, brother, sister in law, and nephew then hit the road that same night. We arrived in GA at 10pm that night and quickly unloaded all the mattresses so everyone would have something comfy to sleep on. FINALLY a real mattress in my NEW home!! The only thing that was missing was Mike. He missed the whole moving in process. Yupp, he did not have to carry one box because he was gone that weekend. Can you believe that?  My brother and dad did an awesome job carrying all the heavy furniture up the stairs.

Then another excited event…I got to re-open all my wedding gifts I had gotten 2 years and 5 months ago.  It was so much fun!  It was like having a wedding shower all over again. It was so fun unpacking all the new things and placing them where I wanted them to go in the kitchen. A few of my favorite items were my dishes, my Paula Deen pots and pans set, and my mixer.

That weekend felt so good. It was so nice to finally be in our new home. It was certainly a breath of fresh air and the wait was totally worth it. I am going to take pics of our new home and post them soon. But until then here are pictures of our old town home in Lynchburg and our new home in GA.

Our town home in Lynchburg

Our new home in GA

Manage your environment

Bored in my office today, I decided to pick up the book The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz again.  I had not yet finished the book so I picked up right where I had left off and wow was that an excellent chapter.  By the title of the blog you can see where the chapter was heading.

The first thing or quote that stuck out to me was this, “The body is what the body is fed.  By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed.”  For me, my mind went straight to the Bible and feeding your mind with it, but since this book is secular, he took other routes that were very insightful as well.  He illustrates the “mind food” as your environment.  Your environment being the people you associate with, the place you were raised, how you were raised, etc.  This stuff is going to be what shapes the way you think, your attitude, your goals in life, your habits, and your personality.  Your environment shapes the person that you are going to be.  This was a concept that I truly had never contemplated on before until I read this chapter.  And how true is that concept?  Very true.  Think about it.  The book uses an illustration that if you were raised in another country who would you be like, what religion would you be, what habits would you have, etc?  I imagine you would be a totally different person then the one your are now, all because you were raised in another environment.

The chapter goes on to explain the three different types of people today.  The first one being those who surrender completely.  These are the people that look at successful people and think to themselves that they will never be where those people are.  They also have no desire to try to become bigger because they have already talked themselves out of the fact that they could be something better.  The second group are those who surrender partially.  These people rationalize the level that they are currently at saying things like, they like where they are at in life (which could be honestly true for some people) or they say that they are above average and that is good enough for them.  These people enter their adult lives dreaming big, planning, and working hard but after a decade or so, they lose that end goal and that is when the rationalizing takes place.  The third group of people are those who never surrender.  The group of people love success, this group is usually the happiest because they accomplish more.  These people have to fight off the negativity of the other two groups (or your environment) in order to reach your goals you have set.  A quote I like in this section is this, “People who tell you it cannot be done almost always are unsuccessful people, are strictly average or mediocre at best in terms of accomplishment.”

Do not let negative people destroy your dreams and goals in life.  Again, this reminded me of the verse, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 Be sure you are in the flock that thinks right.  It still amazes me what you can accomplish by the power of your thought process and the environment that you surround yourself with.  Think big, dream big and let nothing or no one ever tell you that you cannot accomplish something.  With the right heart, mindset, and faith to back up your dreams, you can do anything.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 Do not ever sell yourself short.

I’ll leave you with this list of things that make your environment successful.

1. Be environment-concious.  Just as body diet makes the body, mind diet makes the mind.

2. Make your environemnt work for you, not against you.  Don’t let suppressive forces make you think defeat.

3. Don’t let small thinking people hold you back.  Jealous people want to see you stumble.  Don’t give them that satisfaction.

4. Get your advice from successful people.  Your future is important.  Never risk it with freelance advisors who are living failures. 

5. Throw thought poison out of your environment.  Avoid gossip.  If you talk about people, stay of the positive side.

Schwartz, D.J. (1965). The Magic of Thinking Big. Manage your environment: go first class. Prentice Hall- Inc. New York, NY.

A life was lost, should we celebrate?

Sunday night right before heading to bed, we found out that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  Ten years in the making of searching for this one man.  A man that was the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the trade centers on September 11, 2001.  This was a man that had evil written all over him.  A man that killed many innocent people, not just Americans but people of many religions, races, and cultures.  How could one man do that to innocent people?  Satan.  Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for people to destroy.  This man allowed Satan to step into his life, and use him for evil.

I read another blog the other day, that rang very true to me.  The title of this blog was, Should Christians Celebrate the Death of Osama bin Laden?  The man who wrote this blog was discussing  the scriptures that people were using.  For example, Proverbs 24:17: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.” The blogger brought up a very valid point.  The context of this verse is not “justice” but rather calamity (in the previous verse).  It is saying don’t kick your enemy when they are going through hard times.  This verse has nothing to do with justice, which is what has been served in this case.

I am going to quote the blogger on this next part, because I could not have said it better.

“That’s the key word here: Justice. God is Love, certainly. And as individual Christians, we are commanded to love our enemies. However, God is also just. This is the very reason why Christ had to die – to satisfy God’s justice.

 As individuals, we are commanded to reflect God’s love and show it forth.

 But governments are commanded to reflect God’s justice and show it forth.

 This begins way back in Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.” And it’s spelled out in detail in Romans, chapter 13: “For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

 As individuals, we love. But our government stands in the place of God Himself to execute God’s justice.

 Justice has been served on Osama bin Laden by duly appointed agents of our government. This is good and proper according to Scripture. “

I’ll leave you with this thought…should we celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, thats up to you.  Is it heart breaking when we know someone is having to spend eternity in hell, of course, no doubt.  But just as we rejoice when God’s love is revealed, why not rejoice when His JUSTICE is revealed as well?  Just as David defeated Goliath and then preceded to walk the streets with the army with Goliath’s head on a cane, cheering and chanting because they had defeated their enemy.  I think we have that same right David did. We defeated one of our greatest enemies, justice has been served.

If you want to read the other blog for yourself click here

Dream BIG

I have been reading the book The Magic of Thinking BIG by Dr. David Schwartz. What a powerful mindset this book offers anyone willing to do what it says.  I am only half way through the book and have already learned so much from it.  It is amazing how much power you have by just changing the way you think.  This book is all about thinking and speaking your goals.  Put them in front of you so that you have a constant reminder of what you are wanting to achieve.

A quote from the book, “Look at things not as they are, but as they can be.  Visualization adds value to everything.  A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future.”  This sums up what this book is all about.  Dream BIG because if you don’t you will only achieve mediocrity.  Another quote that I heard the other day on the radio has rang over and over in my head these past few days.  This quote made me think and I hope it makes you think too. “If your lifelong dream does not intimidate you, then it is probably insulting to God.”  Whoa!  Don’t just dream big for yourself, dream big so that God can work BIG through you.