Joyful Bits

The Worst Dressed New Year's Party Invite + The Thrift Outfit I Will Be Wearing

Image: Woman trying on clothes at the buffalo exchange thrift store. I've been invited to a lot of things but never to a worst dressed New Years Party. What in the world do you wear and who came up with this idea? Nonetheless, I am excited about attending something different that is fun for adults to enjoy. #NewYear2019
I've been invited to a lot of things but never to a worst dressed New Years Party. What in the world do you wear, and who came up with this idea? Nonetheless, I am excited about attending something different that is fun for adults to enjoy.

Teaching My Girls The Importance Of Aging Gracefully

Image: Woman and two daughters laughing and playing outside. Mom shares the importance of aging gracefully through smiles and laughter
Life Lessons
There is one thing I am learning about life, and that is the importance of aging gracefully. Oh, and to take life slow and easy. But, I was never prepared to have that talk with each one of my girls until now. It's funny how in life I can talk about education, getting married, work hard, save money, etc. And all those things are great except time is ticking. 

My Current Weekend Bits And Favorites: A Little Of This And That

Image: Candle Haul From Burlington Coat Factory. Listed in Weekend Bits And Favorites
The end of the year is now amongst us. I am super happy about what is to come into 2019. But, first, its the weekend and I have a few new current bits and favorites to share with you guys. If you know anything about me, I love a good bargain, sale, in other words, a good deal on stuff that is for me as a woman. Today's post is all about things I've been watching, and I have finally gotten my hands on a few good things. Trust me when I say this list is the best one yet:)

Winter Holiday Essentials: How I Plan To Dress Stylish And Casual

Image: Christmas Tree With Winter Essentials On Brick. Purse, Scarf, Shades, Handbag
 When it's cold outside, who really wants to dress up? Not to mention family will be visiting from out of town. And for some odd reason, they love to head out and tour the city. Since I am the primary cook and entertainer for Christmas, I can never get dressed as fast as the people who are ready to hit the streets and shop. But, this year, I am suited up and prepared with my holiday essentials that will amp up my casual clothes.  Here are my tips that will surely help any woman look and feel jazzy in a matter of minutes.

5 Motivating Things We All Can Do This Holiday Season


Image: coffee cup ...woman in kitchen. A Little Bit Of Coffee Talk
A Little Bit Of Coffee Talk
 Oh my goodness I can come up with the best ideas over coffee. Ok maybe not the best but I have been thinking about the closing of 2018. Yes, it is coming to a fast and brisk end. So, who is ready?

I Tried To Eat Healthy For A Month And Here's What Happened

Image: Woman sharing her breakfast at restaurant seen first on bits and babbles
There are lessons to be learned every day and oh how I am learning new things every second as I continue to live my daily life.


Surviving A Chaotic Week: Morning Babbles

Image: Family Packing Living Room Space #morningbabbles
Surviving A Chaotic Week: Morning Babbles
Oh, how I wish every day were like being in the movies.  If I could choose, I would be Dorothy from the Wizard Of Oz. And I would want my day to start bright and early skipping down the yellow brick road in La La land while showing off my ruby red slippers. 

Trying A New Clean Skincare Regimen: 5 Hydrating and Moisturizing Things

Image: Witch Hazel Toner, Laroche Posay Hydrating Cleanse, Basis Sentive Beauty Bar

Oh, baby, it's cold outside, and my skin is really taking a winter beating. So, I've decided to try 5 new clean products, and I was wondering if any of you have tried any of the new fab five facial products I am about to embark upon? #help

Thrift Shop With Me: Handbags, Home Decor Inspiration + The Ugly Outfit I Wore



Woman looking in mirror holding handbag at The Salvation Army
Day In The Life
The funniest thing happened the other day. I decided I needed a little style inspiration with a bit of decor change around our place. But with Christmas decorations on every shelf, I knew my regular stores such as Home Goods and TJMAX was a no go for me.

My Unpopular Opinions On Doing More Self Care: For Mature Women

Items On Board To Start A Do More List: FRom my crazy forty-something life. Items Include paper, camera, plant ,pen
Midlife Notes:
Who wants more out of life, and it doesn't have to be anything significantly big or exaggerate?  Maybe more of the simple things that we all need to be happier and filled with the daily joys of life. I know I want more out of my everyday lifestyle, and it's not about going to Disney Land, although that would be nice to do for the upcoming holidays.
But making a list and starting now is a lot simpler than meeting Mickey Mouse. :} So grab a pen and join me on Doing More, you may be surprised at my crazy list of findings.

Spooky Dates: New Shoes And A Witch's Brew

Image: Starbucks Witch's Brew Halloween Drink Weekend Bits And Favorites

Happy Wednesday or shall I say Happy Spooky Halloween? Either way, I hope you guys are having a blast in the middle of a work week? For the last few weeks, I've been in charge of getting everyone ready for trick or treat even my husband. Yes, he dressed up for work as an angel. Let's say it was a bit funny because most of his co-workers assumed he was Moses from the bible. Nonetheless, I enjoyed all the laughter this week.
I've also had a chance to get a little spooked myself by going 

10 Life Changing Habits To Start Right Now Before 2019: Morning Babbles

Image: Building Downtown Dallas Texas : The Majestic Movie Theater
Morning Babbles
Good afternoon beautiful people. Can you believe we are no longer halfway through the year but a mere two months and a few days left? Wow, It is officially time to start the countdown by closing out a lot of the old things in life. And by doing so, it will make more room for new life-changing habits that we all can start right now. 

Making Room For New Boots And Why It Is Hard To Toss Out The Old Ones!


Image: two pair of shoes being decluttered on bits and babbles blog
The Broken Heel Truth

Oh wow, I hate to admit this, but I am a shoe hoarder, and I will wear my favorite pair of shoes until the heel comes off..literally!

My Easy At Home Individual Eyelashes: Tips And Tricks

Image: Woman showing how she does eyelashes and why. I used to think wearing eyelash extensions were only for special events, proms and date nights. And to be honest, that is the only time I would go running to a salon to get mine all glammed up.
Spicing Up My eyes a Bit!
I used to think wearing eyelash extensions were only for special events, proms and date nights. And to be honest, that is the only time I would go running to a salon to get mine all glammed up.

Easy Street Tacos Made Right At Home

Image: Street Tacos: One thing I know is I love a street taco that comes straight from a drive-by food truck. Yes, and in Dallas, you can find one on almost every corner. When I have the time, I love to sit in my car and eat at least three tacos stuffed with meat, tomatoes and lots of onions. Since it is pouring down this whole weekend, I've decided to bring my version of the street tacos to my home tonight for dinner. Well, I will attempt to make them for our family movie night.
One thing I know is I love a street taco that comes straight from a drive-by food truck. Yes, and in Dallas, you can find one on almost every corner. When I have the time, I love to sit in my car and eat at least three tacos stuffed with meat, tomatoes, and lots of onions. Since it is pouring down this whole weekend, I've decided to bring my version of the street tacos to my home tonight for dinner. Well, I will attempt to make them for our family movie night. 

Can Women Of A Certain Age Wear Orange Lipstick? I Tried It Out Myself !

Image: Woman showing all the different shades of orange color lipsticks.
Over the summer, I stepped-up my lip game up by trying red lipstick for the first time in my life. Let's say I have worn that color out, and now I want to try something new and a little brighter. So, I went into Sephora and asked to try on an orange lipstick, and to my surprise, A store rep brought me over a dozen textures, color shades, and name brands for me to try. 

A Few Weekend Bits And Goodies!

Image: Woman holding Buckle Bag with a box of shoes inside. To share in a haul weekend bits and favorites
It's The Weekend! Ok, the end of the week is really gone. But hey can a girl be happy not to be at work dying, frying and laying hairstyles down to the side. Yep, I am at home relaxing and opening up all the goodies I ordered online that my husband knows nothing about. :) I am such a sneaky wife. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy a few of the bits I picked out this week. I know you will want to grab you a few of this week's favorites from my list.


OMG! I Made Faux Fur Clutch Handbags At Home


Image: Faux Fur Handbag Clutch Made At Home: Brown one, black one with makeup coming out laid on top of magazine
One thing I love about my personal style is when I can't find something such as a purse or earrings, I make it myself. And that is just what I did the other day when I needed a fur clutch for a weekend event. I grabbed my DIY gear and made something that I believe is good enough to rip the runway in a fashion show. Click below to see how you can make your own faux fur clutch handbag.

Spicing Up Our Apartment For Falltober

Image: Decorations for decorating our small apartment in Texas. It is that time of the year again, and I am getting our apartment ready for falltober.  A pumpkin here and there with the smell of candles burning throughout our small space. Besides who doesn't love the cooler fall weather or the fact that October is getting closer to Christmas than ever?

It is that time of the year again, and I am getting our apartment ready for falltober.  A pumpkin here and there with the smell of candles burning throughout our small space. Besides, who doesn't love the cooler fall weather or the fact that October is getting closer to Christmas than ever? 
So, over the weekend, I spent a few hours spicing up our home but with a different twist from last year's decoration.

A Few Weekend Bits And Favorites: Candles, Beauty, Lifestyle

Image:Pumkin Tea from Trader Joe's, Coffee Cup From TJMAX. Woman Shares her weekend bits and favorites.   Trader Joe's was my first hit to grab a few things I needed for my household, I couldn't resist grabbing The Pumpkin Spice Roibus Tea. I am not making this up, but hands down the aroma when steeping is the best. I love the way it scents up the kitchen as the steam comes from the cup. DId someone say cup? Yes, I have a fetish with cute coffee/tea cups. But, I am trying to resist the urge to buy a dozen fall cups. I did grab the cutest little (Glitter is always optional) one. It was calling my name, so for $3.99 at TJMAX I felt it was worth the splurge. Oh and I thought the girl on the cup looked like a woman boss.

Can we talk about this cooler weather we are experiencing here in Texas? In which I was able to get out and do a bit of weekend shopping amongst other things. 

Do Not Take Me SRSLY I Am Wearing Stripes Today!


Image: Woman sharing her stripes pants in a fun and corky way on this morning. To inspire women to wear what they love and want at any age. Yes, I spelled it wrong on purpose because I am feeling very colorful about my stripy pants this morning. I was skeptical about wearing a pair of dimensional pants but hey I've found two ways to wear them, and now I am ready to kick up my feet and strut my stuff.
Do Not Take Me SRSLY I Am Wearing Stripes Today!
Yes, I spelled it wrong on purpose because I am feeling very colorful about my stripy pants this morning. I was skeptical about wearing a pair of dimensional pants, but hey, I've found two ways to wear them, and now I am ready to kick up my feet and strut my stuff. 

The 19 Dollar Burger Date Night: Yes To Being On Budget

Image: Man and Woman sharing ideas to keep couple on budget for date nights. It's the weekend, and we have no plans. Hubby wants to have a private date night at Bob's Steakhouse. But I want to go home and prop my feet up. So, guess what do we do at the last minute? Nonetheless, I came up with three super quick date night out ideas.
The Weekend Date List With Outfit Details
It's the weekend, and we have no plans. Hubby wants to have a private date night at Bob's Steakhouse. But I want to go home and prop my feet up. So, guess what do we do at the last minute? Nonetheless, I came up with three super quick date night out ideas.

I Made My Own Denim Earrings With Rhinestones


Image:Making Denim Earrings: Woman Sharing the items used for making Denim Earrings with Rhinestones

Go ahead and Grab Any Left Over Denim Scraps And Make Yourself A Pair Of Rip The Run Way Denim Earrings With Rhinestones.

I am always in my room, fixing and making stuff. But, today, I made the cutest yet raggediest denim earrings. The best part is I did it for fun, and they just happened to turn out looking fashionable wearable.

Summer Has Been My Worst Style Season, But I Have New Fall Intentions


Image: Woman standing in front of pink car showing off her summer dress.

 I know I am not the only one who is ready to say Good-BYE to summer? 

Making A Prune Salad To POOP!

Image: Sharing a new prune recipe from bits and babbles blog
Making A Prune Salad To POOP!
Who doesn't need a good poop every now and again :}
I do not know about you guys, but staying on the healthy eating train is hard. 

Morning Babbles: I Messed Up, So I Guess Life Is Not Perfect After All

Image: Woman sitting at coffee shop talking about morning babbles.   Do you ever wake up in the morning babbling to yourself? You know that conversation we all have amongst ourselves when no one else is around. I call it morning babbles, and it has changed my mornings for the better.  A little self-talk ain't never hurt nobody. I am almost embarrassed to talk about this, but oh well life is not so perfect after all. I messed up, and now I am feeling overwhelmed. Seen first on Bits and Babbles
Do you ever wake up in the morning, babbling to yourself? You know that conversation we all have amongst ourselves when no one else is around. I call it morning babbles, and it has changed my mornings for the better.  A little self-talk ain't never hurt nobody. I am almost embarrassed to talk about this, but oh well, life is not so perfect after all. I messed up, and now I am feeling overwhelmed.

Weekend Bits And Favorites Mixed With Some Crazy Other Stuff

Image:Tea and Donuts Favorites for Bits and babbles blog. Due to our long extended Labor Day weekend bits and favorites have been moved to Tuesday. Nonetheless, I will have a few other bits to share at the end of this post. Without further babbling here are a few things mixed with some other crazy stuff.
A Little Bit Of Everything
Due to our long extended Labor Day weekend, bits and favorites have been moved to Tuesday. Nonetheless, I will have more information to share at the end of this post. Without further babbling, here are this week's things mixed with some other crazy stuff, including some places to visit in Dallas, Texas.

What I Hate About Midlife Or Getting Old In General




Midlife Bits: Image Of Woman Sharing On The Blog The Things She Hate About Aging. It is Motivational, Inspiring amd Talk Worthy. When I was younger, I knew I would get old one day. But, I never knew what aging really detailed until now, and it is a scary place to be at this moment. This is a story about being in midlife and the things I hate about aging in general. Let the discussion begin. Shared First On Bits and Babbles Blog
A Little Morning Midlife Bits

When I was younger, I knew I would get old one day. But, I never knew what aging really detailed until now, and it is a scary place to be at this moment. This is a story about being in midlife and the things I hate about aging in general. Let the discussion begin.

Morning Babbles: 47 Ways To Inspire Other People Everyday


Image: Woman at cafe writing in journal and blog bits and babbles.
Do we inspire other people enough around us?
This morning I woke up thinking about all the people who called, texted and emailed me yesterday. Then I started thinking about the

Playing In Teen Clothes And Laughing Out Loud

Image: Woman trying on teen clothing.At this point in my life, I am doing and wearing what makes me laugh out loud at myself. Have you ever went into the store looking for a sale only to find yourself trying on teen clothes? Well here is your chance to judge the heck out of me. Seen first on Bits and Babbles Blog
Dressing Room Try on outfits with a little laughter!

At this point in my life, I am doing and wearing what makes me laugh out loud at myself. Have you ever went into the store looking for a sale only to find yourself trying on teen clothes? Well here is your chance to judge the heck out of me. 

Just Another DIY

Image: Woman showing how to make do it yourself bracelets. I love stacking bracelets on my wrist it doesn't matter if they are made with stretch cord or metal links. You can never go wrong with making a few or buying them already made from the store. Post seen first on Bits and Babbles blog
I love stacking bracelets on my wrist it doesn't matter if they are made with stretch cord or metal links! You can never go wrong with making a few or buying them already made from the store.

Weekend Bits And Favorites

Image: Sharing another after Friday weekend of bits and bobs to do with family that will be a long time favorite
A Little Bit Of Everything And A Few Must Do Ideas

Oh wow, where has the weekend gone it seems as if I just left work. My two day Saturday and Sunday went away quicker than Superman chasing a speeding bullet. I know that was cheesy, but I have a few bits and favorites to share that you may find interesting to try by the ends of this week.

One Weekday Of Joy




Image: Mom and Daughter Starting The Weekday Off Happy. If I have learned nothing this year keeping a bucket list of joyful moments, have helped me see that my life is good just the way it is. Today I am sharing one week of Joy that made me a better wife, mother, and person as a whole.
One Week
If I have learned nothing this year, keeping a bucket list of joyful moments, have helped me see that my life is good just the way it is. Today I am sharing one week of Joy that made me a better wife, mother, and person as a whole. 

Oh The Sinful Things I Buy To Look And Feel Youthful


Image: Items shred on blog for facial, skincare and beauty.
A Little Grown Up Chat And Sinful Secrets

Good morning Y'all I am up bushy eyed and ready to head off to work this beautiful day. But, I thought I would share a few sinful thoughts and things with you in today's blog post. I am a working woman who wants to look and feel youthful on and off the field of life. Being a woman of a certain age, it can be tricky staying on top of things due to everyday living and responsibilities. 



A Little Morning Do It Yourself Inspiration

Image: Seashell Necklace Hanging. Be inspired by the small things of Life! Sometimes I make things when I am bored, at least that is what I tell myself.
Be inspired by the small things of Life!
Hey, guys, I have some new jewelry ideas to babble about. #makethis
Sometimes I make things when I am bored, at least that is what I tell myself.

Bean Me Up

Hey, Y'all I am kicking my week off to a great start so far. If you are reading this today, I am running errands so I can get back home to watch Young and The Restless at 11am. Yep, it's my day off, and I plan to continue a light workout with a deep dish bowl of
Hey, Y'all, I am kicking my week off to a great start so far. If you are reading this today, I am running errands so I can get back home to watch Young and The Restless at 11 am on CBS. I am not trying to be messy, but ladies, it is getting hot and juicy on the daytime stories, and I am showing up for the madness.
Yep, it's my day off, and I also plan to continue a light workout at the gym then top my afternoon off with a deep bowl of

The Joyful List: Taking Life Slow And Easy




Image: Woman holding coffee and book on the Joyful List blog bits and babbles
Good morning Y'all, I am back with another edition to the joyful list. But, this time it is all about taking life slow and easy. Let me be the first to say I am never on track when it comes to laying low and relaxing until now.

My New Floral Dress And Book Store Ramblings

Image: Woman showing off new floral dress, shoes and handbag for bits and babbles blog
Oh, hey, Y'all, so glad you could join me today. I am feeling super happy because my girls are about to start school. And you know what that means I can sleep one extra minute before I have to head off to work evet day. 
That will be amazing if it happens. :)
Also, have you guys noticed I have been playing around with prints all summer long. 

Get Layered:The Basic Girl DIY Necklace

Image) Today is wild card DIY Wednesday. I will be sharing how to make layered necklaces
Wow, we are already moving super fast in August.  I spent the last week getting my girls all prepped for school. They are excited, and so am I. Hopefully, on my days off,, I will have more time to work on my hobbies. Nonetheless, today is another Wild Card DIY Wednesday. Today it's all about the layered necklaces. 

Old Shoes That Changed My Mood

Image : Woman holding orange shoes for blog post

Making Room For A New Attitude Chat
When I buy shoes, I am often in a particular mood, or it may be an impulse buy. Either way, I have some feeling or feelings attached when I make a purchase of any kind.

My Southern Gumbo Recipe: That Is Family Approved

Image: The result of gumbo in the kitchen

I know we are not in the winter season as of yet, but it is never to early or late to have a big ole' bowl of three meat Gumbo. And I have a quick recipe that will have you and your family enjoy the taste of New Orleans right at the dinner table.

A Few Beauty Pick Ups That I Am loving

Image: Woman shaping up her nail bed with clippers
Good morning Y'all. I hope today is off to a fantastic day for you and your family. I am doing my usual at-home mani and pedicure. 
Nonetheless, last week, I ran out to two of my local beauty supply stores, Sally's and Ulta, with a list of things only to veer off my list just a little. Yes, I got the stuff I needed, but I purchased a few other unique items, and I am glad I did. So, today, I will be sharing my beauty pick up's that have made their way to my love list. Let me know in the comments if you would have tried any of the beauty bits I've chosen? 

Finding WorkOut Gear That Fits My Pear Shaped Body: The Struggle Was Real

Image: woman shopping for workout gearL Sometimes I shop
A Little Shopping And Real Life Try-On
Yes, sometimes I shop and buy workout gear.:)

Sometimes I have to face the music; my body just doesn't look the way it used too back in the day. But, hey, that is ok because I am rolling with what I have now. Since starting a light workout regimen lately, I've realized I needed and wanted a few cute workout pieces to wear when in the gym or out walking in my community. So, I hit several stores in search of the perfect fit of my pear-shaped body; let's just say the struggle was real, and the truth really hurts sometimes.

DIY Wild Card Wednesday


A Surprise Do It Yourself Jewelry Episode
Hey, Y'all, welcome to the first DIY Wild Card Wednesday. You guys know I love cool accessories and jewelry. And I love sharing that corky side of me with you in this space. 
So, I am starting a series on Wednesday that will showcase my passion for making trinkets and things. Please be advised what you see may not be. That is the fun in it all; I love incorporating do it your self-jewelry into my somewhat basic everyday style. So come on in to see what wildcard DIY I made for this week.

How I Plan Affordable Family Fun And Eats In Dallas


Image: My City Diaries-Trolley In Dallas Texas. What We Do As A Family In Dallas
What We Do As A Family In Dallas: City Diaries

Hey, Y'all hope you guys are off to a fantastic week. I know its almost time for our little and big kiddos to start preparing for back to school. Yippie I am ready, but here in Dallas, we are still a week or two away. Most of you guys who know me knows I love to frolic and I am proud of that. So, today I will be adding a new adventure to my City Diaries

 Hey, gotta keep this ole' life fun before it's too late. Anywho, it is no secret I have a large family; it is 6 of us total together. That is why most people wonder how we afford family fun and eats. Well, I will say it's expensive to live, eat or treat yourself in Texas But, your girl has a few secrets that I will be sharing on lots of posts. So come on in for a sneak peek, I know you are nosey because I am.

5 Dumb Tips For Crushing Your End Of The Year Visions And Goals


Hey, Y'all happy Saturday! Can you believe we are already one week into the hottest month of the year and that is August? Do you have any plans ready or any ideas you just want to tackle? If so I am on the same boat as you. But, here's the deal we only have about 4 good strong months left in this year. Ans you know what that means we still have plenty of time to crush a few visions and goals.
Hey, Y'all, happy Saturday! Can you believe we are already one week into the hottest month of the year, and that is August? Do you have any plans ready or any ideas you want to tackle? If so, I am on the same boat as you. But, here's the deal we only have about four good active months left in this year. And you know what that means we still have plenty of time to crush a few visions and goals. 

So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, teary-eyed, and can't catch up with the people you watch on social media. Then you may want to chime in on my unproven dumb tips. You may be shocked at what I have to say. Just know the truth hurts, but later we all will be able to focus and get (ish) done by the end of December. 

How I Plan To Lose Weight Without Eating All Things Healthy

Can I be entirely honest with you guys? I hate treadmills and gyms. Not to mention I despise giving up my deep-rooted obsession with eating fried catfish, shrimp, sweet potatoes, and string beans just to eat healthy foods.
Getting Active
Can I be entirely honest with you guys? I hate treadmills, dumbbells, and gyms, just to name a few excuses for not working out.
 Not to mention, I despise giving up my deep-rooted obsession with eating fried catfish, shrimp, sweet potatoes, and string beans just to eat healthy foods. 
No way I am not doing it at all. So without further babbling, I have a foolproof and nonproven way to lose a few lbs without eating all things healthy.  

A Few Things That Dress Me Up

Image: Pink Puma Rihanna Creeper Shoes:Hey, guys here are a few things that have been dressing me up this summer. And, yes two items are out of my usual wear. But, hey who cares at my age I am playing up and down my style.
Just Playing With A Few Things
Hey, guys, here are a few things that have been dressing me up this summer. And, yes, two items are out of my usual wear. But, hey who cares at my age, I am playing up and down my style.

Small Bits Of Joy This Week


Every day I am in search of the small things that bring joy into my life and those that are around me. This week has been no different, Rico and I intentionally did things that were less costly to our large family. It is hard sometimes but we make it work somehow.

 Every day I am in search of the small things that bring joy into my life and those that are around me. This week has been no different, Rico and I intentionally did things that were less costly to our large family. It is hard sometimes, but we make it work somehow.

Judge My Forty Something Style: Outfit

Dressing up and styling clothes is not complicated or is it? Do you ever feel like Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole when it comes to picking out outfits and looking your best? Well, I do, and it gets a little overwhelming when you are over the hill in your forties. Let's face it I may be a bit dusty, but I do not want to dress as though I am the first lady of the Tabernacle Church in Alabama. Yall I hope this place does not exist. :)

Judge MY Style
Dressing up and styling clothes is not complicated, or is it? Do you ever feel like Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole when it comes to picking out outfits and looking your best? Well, I do, and it gets a little overwhelming when you are over the hill in your forties. Let's face it. I may be a bit dusty, but I do not want to dress as though I am the first lady of the Tabernacle Church in Alabama. Yall I hope this place does not exist. :)

Discussion: Do You Prefer Date In Or Date Out?

What do you do when there is limited time for your spouse? And I mean very little time. Well, I have no solid answers because we all are different, but I can share with you how we unplan anniversaries and little date nights. Nothing fancy just come on in for your morning read.
What do you do when there is limited time for your spouse? And I mean very little time. Well, I have no reliable answers because we all are different, but I can share with you how we have little date nights, even with busy work schedules. Oh, but be warned I am not always up for the dressing in my heels and staying out all night long. This is where the battle begins for me and my better half. :)

5 Positive Things About Being A Forty Something Mom


So, here's the deal I was a mom at the age of 21, 23 and 26 that makes a total of three babies before the age of thirty. So having two more at 30 and forty-something was never in the cards for me. Nonetheless, I have learned life has a way of making sure I learn new things as I got used to aging with all of my children. This is a story about a woman (me) finding the positive about being a 40 something mom, the good the bad, sad and the overcoming of it all.



 So, here's the deal I became a mom at the age of 21, 23, and 26 that makes a total of three babies before the age of thirty. So having two more at 30 and forty-something was never in the cards for me. Nonetheless, I have learned life has a way of making sure I learn new things as I got used to aging with all of my children. This is a story about a woman (me) finding the positive about being a 40 something mom, the good the bad, sad, and the balancing of it all. 

Our Last Minute Family Road Trip Planned On A Dime

Do you like last minute travel? You know the one that you didn't plan for when booking previous summer for the upcoming once a year vacation.
Do you like last minute travel? You know the one that you didn't plan for when booking previous summer for the upcoming once a year vacation. 
Well, that is what happened to our family about a month ago. But, wait I am going to share with you how we got our family of 6 prepared for a last minute road without breaking the bank or skipping on bills.

Where To Find The Southern Hospitality In Shreveport Louisiana

Image: Woman Posing For Pictures. Seen first on Bits and Babbles City Diaries
 Hello and good morning Y'all. It is no secret I am a good ole' southern country gal. No matter how I try to set my roots to the side for the city life. It becomes undeniable when I step foot back in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. If you have never visited this city, you should definitely add this to your bucket list as the best place to visit for food and unbeatable hospitality. Therefore I am adding it to my list of City Diaries and things to do when visiting the area we call boot city.

My On The Road Accessories And Two Outfits

Image: Handbag
 Y'all know I love to babble, right?  So, this is a story about hitting the road, with one duffel bag and only two outfits. 

Sundays Are For Markets And Seeing Weird Stuff

Image:Sculptures at the Market. Seen first on Bits and Babbles City Diaries

 Oh hello Sunday, so glad to be here. Hope all is wonderful with you beautiful people on today? I am probably halfway to Barbados by the time you read this. 
Ok in my dreams I am there. But who cares its Sunday and I just may be at my favorite Market right now eating pig sausages and watching all the weird stuff people buy and sell.

The Joyful List


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The Little Joys Of Life
Last week I was reminiscing about my life and where I came from. I was thinking about those hard days some brought on by others but most created by me. But, I quickly had to remind myself how I made it through the fire, rain, and brimstone. As much as I want to believe sad days and rough times make people stronger and it should. I've come to a conclusion who wants to stay in an unhappy and joyless situation. Life is not all about sparkles and glitz, but it is about the list we all decided to create for ourselves. The Joyful List is about celebrating the small little joys in and out of life. I do not write on bits and babbles fluffy stories this my truth and my reality. 

The Funny Thing About Date Night And The Budget

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Life Can Be Funny

Let's face it, sometimes it can be funny as adults. You know those moments when we can laugh at the good and bad times. For example, I used to anticipate my husband planning a big and expensive evening for us on date night. Back in the day, it was all about flowers that I always let die, eating out and movies three times a week. Seriously, not even joking. But now...

First Time Making Zipper Earrings

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Good morning everybody! Last week I found a super cute leather jacket that will go great with a pair of leggings in the fall. I know its too early for that type of talk. But, when you see a good deal at your local consignment shop, its best to grab it right away.

I couldn't find a set of earrings to match my new jacket. So, guess what I did? I bought all the materials I needed to make myself a pair of zipper earrings to match my original purchase. Ultimately, I can't say they are exactly what I wanted, but hey they look unique, and they indeed were easy to make. 

Three Right Now Happy Thoughts

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Positive Self Talk

Hello Everybody! Who woke up this morning in a terrific mood? You know that feeling that makes you hit the floor singing Oh Happy Days. 
Well, I am sharing a few happy thoughts that we all can use right now.
I can not speak for anyone else in the world when it comes to waking up feeling bushy-tailed and happy all the time. But I can share my views as to waking up on the right side of the bed. One thing I have learned about life is that it does become simpler if  I push toward the beautiful parts of life.

Disclaimer: I am not a psychiatrist or professional, Dr., but I do have a P.h.d for spending many years sad and unhappy. So there you have it my street cred for being on the struggle bus, and I promise I am qualified. I've bought the shirt, worn it and now its time to burn it. Ok, I smoked it a few years ago. :}

Christmas In July




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There is something brewing in the air, and it is not Santa Claus in the middle of July. What I do know is that it is 100 degrees right now in Texas, and all I want is a cherry-berry snow cone. 
Nonetheless, I know you may be wondering what this post is all about, and I assure you have read the title correctly. After going to several stores, I couldn't help but notice Christmas stuff is hitting the shelves left and right. Oh No! I am not ready, although I could go for a little snow on the rooftop and roasted marshmallows over an open fire.