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What you see and what I see.

This picture… Ooooh how this picture says so much. You may see a half made bed, oddly placed pillows, a rolling tote, and a random old navy tag. But, to me I see support and hope.

As mentioned in my first blog, I was starting a new journey. I was closing a book after almost 6 full chapters of the same story. Who would think a plot twist happens this late in a book series? Well, it did. This picture represents the start of a 3rd book in an old series. This is the book I always dreamed about.

Anytime a new book starts, the author has a page where they dedicate the book to those who inspired or motivated this next phase of the book.

This picture is that for me. It represents support and encouragement. Two people are behind this picture and I just want to give them a quick shout out.

Sorry girls, it will be short bc I already took up 2 minutes of their life rambling.

So here we go…

Book 3, page 1…

“I would like to dedicate this book to two badass ladies. The first badass is my lifelong cheerleader and backbone, my sister, Annah. The day this book first came about she was there with her love, support, and guidance. She listened when I cried, cussed when I cussed, and laughed when I said F it all. She is my #1 supporter. She is the bed this picture. Without a second thought she gave me a place to stay for a few days while I jumpstarted this journey. (Her kids and hubs are the random pillows lol)

The second badass lady, is one of my Stella BFFs, Jennifer. She is the tote in the picture. That little tote is a mountain of confidence and support that I have not had in over two years. I sent her a text for advice and in rapid fire she came through with more than advice. She lit the fire under my butt and said go! What she gave me is more than I could have asked for from anyone at that moment.

That random old navy tag, that’s just me in life. I am here, there, and everywhere I am not expected to be. Just a tag making my place in the world.

Without this picture I would have nothing right now driving me. So I hope this book delivers what y’all expect of me.”

Here’s to new books, first pages, and brand new chapters.

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“Fill my daughter’s stocking.” – Desparate Mom

I was asked to find stocking stuffers for an adult daughter (20 y/o I think). I went to two stores and was done. Super easy and super fun.

Budget – $40


Versona has some great stocking stuffers. These earrings are great for anyone who loves a glam look but can’t keep up w everything lol. For $15 you won’t be upset if they lose a pair. 😉 come in silver, rose gold, and pearl options.

They have super cute initial necklaces. One is a medium size sideways initial, very trendy right now, and a small disc w a single hammered initial. They didn’t have the letter I was shopping for, so it didn’t make the cut.

Also, these slippers are super super cute. So many options and all under $12.

If your person loves bath salts and bath things, they have plenty of that too. They had snow flurry salts, snowman bombs, huge colored bombs, and then these I grabbed.

Other great finds that didn’t make the list.


Ulta 😍 I only had less than $10 to spare on my budget. They had a set up right by the door that was a grab 5 for $15. Not really much in there but things to just fill up the stocking to make it look full. 💸

I was going to grab my favorite cheap mascara (L’Oreal Paradise. AMAZING!) but then saw a few cheap items from Benefit. So this little bundle won and we alex it a night.

That’s a great deal!

I did go over her budget and spent $50. She was just glad to have it all done without getting out her house.

I know I would not be disappointed if my stocking consisted of all these things. Would you???