Be a Pineapple

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New year, New you…so why not be a Pineapple?!  Pineapple’s are more than just a sweet, healthy treat.  They stand tall and regardless of their flaws they are boisterous and proud.  And heck…they get to wear a crown.  YESSSSS!  Please, I want to be a pineapple.  On a more serious note…Be a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside is one of the most inspiring quotes for 2017.

STAND TALL my friend.  Be you for that is all you can be.  Be you and be proud of your accomplishments, your faults, your desires, your goals, and your past-present-future.  You were made with love in the image of Christ.  Our maker designed you and stitched every part of you.  He knows everything about you….EVERYTHING!!!  And his love flows for you.  God’s love is unconditional and that will  never change.  So be a pineapple and stand tall; knowing you are special and absolutely beautiful!

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

WEAR A CROWN, why not!  You my friend are royalty; the daughter of the KING, our Heavenly Father and Creator of all things.  We live a rags to riches fairy-tale that begins and ends with the Prince of Peace.  We were designed with a Happily Ever After  for ETERNITY  which beats any Disney Princess story-line.  As a royal it is safe to say that you were made to be treated as such; never settle for anything less.   Love, kindness, respect, patience, understanding, and gentleness.  So wear that crown and let your inner Princess shine.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

BE SWEET ON THE INSIDE and share it with the world.  A pineapple is rough on the outside; but regardless of the exterior faults it is what is on the inside that matters and that makes this fruit so desirable.  Just the same no matter your rough patches on the exterior, it is your inner being that counts.  God made you to love and be loved.  May kindness and love flow through you and shine in all you do and each person you interact with.

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

pineappleBe a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside.  This is my motto for 2017.  As a reminder, I have this beautiful print by KNOTnNEST displayed in the coziest and busiest room of my home.  Unlike other prints, the motivational image and quote is printed on a soft beautiful burlap with a glazed backing and come ready for framing.  Shabby chic and sophisticated,  KNOTnNEST artistic prints will add class and a touch of encouragement to any room.  I placed this uplifting pineapple print on my vintage nightstand in the family room for all  to see.  It delivers comfort and warmth to all guests that come to my home.   I just adore the sweet messages from KNOTnNEST!

Give the gift of sunshine to someone you love with inspirational burlap prints from KNOTnNEST.

 

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Thank you from Joyful Noise

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Thank you to Ruffles and TuTu’s for donating these beautiful, flowy tutu’s for our Christmas production, “Cookies for Christmas.”  Our dancers were so excited and looked absolutley beautiful in them.

 

Ruffles and Tutu’s is couture for every day play offering elegant tutu’s for your little princess.   As an enthusiast for frilly and girly things, this tutu master designs regal tutu’s with lace, ruffles, tulle, diamond, and pearls!  Easily customize your tutu to match your color of choice and desired length.  The red tutu’s pictured above are 18″;  made of soft tulle and red ribbon that easily tie into a sweet bow.   The tulle is very flowy and does not bunch up, making it the perfect tutu for twirls and beautiful ballerina leaps.

We are ever so grateful for this donation.  As a church we are on a mission to be debt free and our production ran on donations only.   With open hearts, Ruffles and Tutu’s designed six stunning tutu’s for our girls.  We have been blessed!  Thank you for being an everyday angel and sharing such a gracious gift to Joyful Noise Choir!

 

 

 

Fashion alert: Pocket Tee’s!

 

il_570xn-1080059021_sfw1Fashion alert!  Here is another great fashion tee to wear while playing at Walt Disney World! Pocket Tee’s!  When it comes to style, this iteration is actually one step above your basic tee.  These tee’s are meant to be sophisticated yet easy going and fun!  Kellie Gerrity, fashion designer and owner of Kellie’s Ears and Tees offers customized pocket tee’s to match any Disney character or theme. Gerrity makes it super easy to order: just pick your theme, shirt size and color!  This princess desired a regal tee complete with pink roses and a yellow crown. The pocket is cut and hand sewn on mid right of the shirt.   I love the pocket!  It came in handy and was a great place to stick my lipgloss and PhotoPass card.     Kellie’s Pocket Tee’s are easy to dress up or down and are perfect to wear in the Florida sunshine.  To order visit Kellie’s Ears and Tees on Etsy.  Don’t forget to follow Kellie on Instagram to keep up with new styles and giveaways!

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Royal Ears

 

 

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Be the fairest of all the land in these pretty Cinderella Glass Slipper inspired Minnie Mouse ears by Luby and Lola.  When placed on your head, you will transform into the beautiful princess that you were always meant to be as if the Fairy Godmother, herself stirred up a bit of magic.  These ears are made to shimmer, shine, and sparkle using a glitter fabric, a sparkly blue hair bow, and topped off with a crystal heart detail.  The headband is lightweight and flexible providing a comfortable fit as you wear them for extended periods, like Disney Fun Days!  100% headache free- this is an added bonus!  I enjoyed wearing these ears all day while we played at Magic Kingdom without feeling the pressure around my temples.  Oh, and let me not forget to share…they are perfect for kids of all ages.  Lola Hancock, the artist behind the ears strives to bring magic and a smile to everyone that purchases a pair of her delicate princess inspired Minnie ears.

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Truly fit for a princess!   In fact, when we were walking past Cinderella’s Castle in Fantasyland we heard the town crier delivering  this very proclamation:

 

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Find your inner princess and get your very own Minnie ears customized to match your favorite character from Luby and Lola on Etsy.

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Training for a 5K

I finally gone and done it!  I successfully and officially signed up for a 5K.  Personally, I am not a physical person and I never liked running.  Living in Florida, I have always blamed it on the heat factor, but its mostly me just being lazy.  That, and I am way out of shape. I mean since I have had children my body just has not been the same.  I’m sure you can relate.   Of course, even with my youngest peeking age 8 I still have a ton of baby weight to lose.  HA!  I need something to blame it on.  But seriously, it is time to make a change and join in the boisterous and rewarding fun of running alongside my kids in a Run Disney event.  My children started participating in benefit runs this year.  A few months back they ran the Brickdash 5K at Legoland, FL and since then have signed up for two 1 mile kid races and a 5K for Run Disney.  I don’t want to miss out on the fun (although, waiting at the finish line can be entertaining,)  I want to be in the middle of all the action.  I have a desire to be exhilarated and get pumped full of adrenaline. Who am I kidding…I’m ready to run out of breathe and force my kids to drag me across the finish line; all while wearing an awesome runners costume.  lol   So yeah, inspired by my children, I signed the whole family up for the Princess 5K  and we will conquer every mile together.  I am looking forward to all the fun that awaits us!   BUT, of course I need to start training; my body is in no way ready to run a 5K in it’s current shape and form.  While my daughter was on vacation in NC with the rest of the family I started a training program called 5K Run.  This is an app that you can download to your smartphone and it is set up with weekly sessions that build your momentum and make you 5K ready in 9 weeks.  Each week you will have three run sessions scheduled that will alternate walking and running patterns.  The first session ended unsuccessfully.    I finished half of the 25 minute walk/run exercise.  I was defeated by the summer heat and a dog who doesn’t know how to walk/run on a leash properly.  This was a low for me, but very expected.  Day 2-4 I have completed with no major issues.  I do find it hard at times to keep going, but thinking of how awesome it will be to run side by side with my son and daughter in February pushes me to keep going.  As you complete each week you will discover your run exercises become longer and you spend less time waking.  It builds up slowly so that you are able to complete the challenge overtime.  If you ever feel like you need to start over you can go back to an early session.  I plan on completing my nine weeks and starting all over from the beginning over and over again  til I know for sure that  I can do this.  I will keep updating ya’ll with my status.  I took a break tonight, but will pick back up on session 5 tomorrow. I highly recommend this app for all newbies like me.  Hope to see you on race day!

 

 

Disney Must Haves on Etsy and Giveaway!

 

Planning a visit to Disney World is BIGGER than big! I remember when I was a concierge at an elite resort located near Disney World, my guests would begin saving and planning years in advance.   From dining to sleeping accommodations; right down to the perfect day to day outfits and matching accessories!  Of course, if you are anything like me finding the most unique Disney items is a must! There is something magical about walking around Main Street USA wearing the perfect EARS, a customized tutu, and some pixie dust!  Even more magical when those items are unique and oh so adorable!  Be one of a kind and make it a Zip A Dee Doo Dah Day with these Etsy artists!

DangGoodDisney  Do you like Mickey Ears?!  Well, Dang Good Disney has ears that will make you cheer.  The iconic headwear is customized to reflect your family’s inner Disney personality and absolute favorite characters.  Do away with the same old, same old!  Check out these magical ears by Etsy artist, Ashley with Dang Good Disney and stand out from the crowd!

Ashley designs all of her ears and most of her designs are conjured up when she is sleeping.  It as if Tinkerbell herself sprinkles a bit of pixie dust  while she dreams…the magic of inspiration is what binds these beautiful creations together.

The Cinderella Glass Slipper Ears are my favorite! And they will be yours too!  Dang Good Disney will be offering these ears to one lucky winner in my Instagram Loop Giveaway.

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Princess Danika Designs is the home to the sweetest tutu’s around!  Gabrielle’s designs are a princesses dream!   With every defined detail Gabrielle intertwines the Disney Magic into every tutu.  The designs are delicate and airy and each tutu is designed with a beautiful crochet stretch waistband.  Your lil girl will transform into a lovely princess the moment she puts on one of Gabrielle’s creations.  These tutu’s are perfect for parties, park hopping, and Disney races!  I love that there is something for everyone!  Here are some of my top picks from Princess Danika Designs:

My absolute favorite  is the Cruella Deville tutu.  Gabrielle is offering a tutu, winner’s choice in my Instagram Loop Giveaway!  Thank you, Princess Danika Designs!

Chic and Geeks Don’t forget your favorite furry pal!  Etsy artist, Wendy Cox of Chic and Geeks specializes in handmade dog bows and accessories that will make your dog drool!  Straight from the heart of Florida and one of Pluto’s favorite boutiques!  Your pup will be the bark of the town.  My adorable bunny, Prince Phillip Ewok loves stylin in Vintage Disney.  The bows easily attach to any collar with the attached velcro.  I think they are perfect for cats, dogs, and bunnies!  Here are my faves found in this eclectic accessory shop:

 

I think Prince Phillip Ewok looks absolutely adorable in this vintage Mickey style bow tie, don’t you?!  Chic and Geeks is offering a bowtie, winners choice in my Instagram Loop Giveaway!

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Fly on over to my Instagram and enter to win one of four great prizes!  Giveaway begins tonight at 8PM EST!

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To enter you must like the giveaway image posted on all four sponsor pages.  Follow the image to the next sponsor and loop all the way around.  Also, comment on the image on each sponsor IG.  You must be a follower of all four IG pages.  These three steps are required in order for you entry to count.  An additional 5 entries may be earned by sharing the giveaway image using the #cutecountrychick and #disneymusthaves.  The winners will be announced on Instagram April 25, 2016 at 8PM EST.  Your IG page must be public in order for your shared posts to count towards the extra entries between 7PM EST and 8PM EST April 25, 2016.

Thank you to Dang Good Disney, Princess Danika Designs, and Chic and Geeks for sponsoring my Disney Must Haves Feature and Giveaway!

 

Bible Stories for His Beautiful Princess

I just finished this book with my lil princess and my sweet prince.  Bible Stories for his Beautiful Princess by bestselling author Sheri Rose Shepherd is so sweet and perfect for lil girls.  The illustrations are adorable and charismatic and appeal to every lil girl.  The book is covered in pink and purple and cute lil hearts and crowns.  The stories inside are the timeless bible stories that we learned in Sunday School.  The stories haven’t changed, but the wording has been tweaked so that children can understand.  The stories are followed with a small prayer and a special message called Princess Jewel.  We had so much fun reading through this book.  My son and daughter recognized many of the stories and bible verses that are shared.  My daughter thought it was neat that the stories chosen for this book included many great women of the Bible.  The message that is conveyed by reading this special storybook is the Lord loves His children and that lil girls are precious in his sight.

What a beautiful storybook to share with your lil princess that will be treasured for a lifetime.

I received a complimentary copy of Bible Stories for His Beautiful Princess by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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