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OPTIMISM: 1. Hopefullness and cofidence about the future or the successfull outcome of something. 1377177_529540700454557_849379862_n

With high hopes of bringing happiness and optimism to everyone in the world, Folger’s is launching “The Best Part”, a social platform that will allow people to connect and share positive stories through FacebookfollowTwitterfollow and Instagramfollow. Little gestures are exactly that, little. However, you would be surprised at how easy it is to change someones life or day by doing little things.

My story is about an amazing man. Who is he, I would love to know. I guess he was about 80 years old and I met him many years ago. Every time I would walk into Wal-Mart he was sitting in the same chair at the garden section entrance. I would always tell him “HI” and keep walking.

One day as i was leaving something made me turn around and go back to talk to him. As soon as he saw me turn around he started to stand up and I noticed he had a smile on his face. It’s almost like he “knew” I was coming back to talk to him. That day we talked for about an hour outside of the garden section. I sat on the sidewalk while he told me stories of his life. I swear to you, it was the best hour I had experienced in a long time. You could tell he didn’t talk that much to anyone because he had so much to tell me and he couldn’t talk fast enough. TBP_PageLikeAd_2 I loved every second of it! I just smiled and nodded the whole time.

When I left that day he gave me a hug and told me “THANK YOU.” Who knew those words would make me feel like I was on top of the world.

After that day I would always talk to him before I left. There was a time that I started to wonder if I was going to Wal-Mart for him and his stories or shampoo and conditioner. I enjoyed our conversations so much and they made me happy to the core. The more I got to know him he would share more and more about his life. How sad and lonely he was and that just sitting there every day brought so much joy to his life. After months of seeing my new friend he told me one day that I brought happiness to his life.

I had a bracelet on at the time he met me and it was from a book store. It was this bracelet. He told me that he loved it so I went buy him one and when I brought it to him he started crying right away. I felt so happy inside. Maybe a tear or two rolled down my cheek in that moment. He put it on and he told me that every time he got lonely or sad he would just look at his bracelet. Did I mention that every time I would leave he would pray over me? He was very religious and he wanted it known. It always made me feel good inside when I left.

I didn’t go to the store for a few days but when I finally went I noticed he was not there. I asked one of the workers if they knew when he would be back or if they knew why he wasn’t there. They had no idea. I have never seen him since the day I gave him that bracelet. Want to know something else? I didn’t even know his name but I guess it didn’t really matter.

Why did he come into my life? What was that about? Was it meant for me or him? I never saw him again but in my head and heart I see him every time I walk into that big garden door.

FeedAd_Logo1_TM The point of this story is to live a happy life. Smile when someone looks at you, nod your head if that is all you can do, don’t be afraid to hug someone, and I mean HUG. Don’t get upset if someone is rude or mean to you. Because the fact is you never know what is going on in their life. You never know. Giving someone attention could change so much.

Optimism. What brings joy to your life? Please share with the world!

 

 

Happy Tuesday Jaderbugs! I could not wait to post this because lately I have been noticing everyone’s amazing tree pictures. Earlier tonight I posted on my facebook page that I was doing a post on Christmas trees and I got ton’s of pictures sent to me. If for some reason you send me a picture after I post this don’t cha worry, I will add it in!

I am very pleased to start off my Christmas tree post with this amazing tree. My friend Stephen Brown (you might remember him from craft wars on TLC) sent me this and my mouth just stayed open for about 46 seconds. You see that little gingerbread house under the tree?  Yes, this is in his fabulous home. I am just going to pretend that is my house and I live IN his house, in this little bitty house… Did I loose you yet?  It’s okay because I lost myself, haha! Make sure you visit his website to order all of his “GLITTERVILLE” items. He has ton’s of Christmas ornaments that you will go crazy over.

I am loving my girl Meg Allan Cole’s tree! Is it not the best tree ever! It’s all about DIY and that is what I love the most! Check out her awesome blog HERE where you can see the full tutorial on how she made this retro tree.

I love the simplicity of this tree from Virginia at LiveLoveDIY. It looks like it came strait out of a magazine!

This amazing tree is from Lindsay Trahan Adams with Periwinkel Pink Gifts. I feel like I just stepped into a Gingerbread home… I love how it’s all red and white. Very festive!

 This is the tree of a friend of mine Ashley Matte. She is a really famous country singer!!! I love how she brings a little Louisiana with her everywhere she goes! I love the brown, green and red ornaments! Make sure and check out her site by clicking on her picture!

This is my friend Rosa Clifford’s tree. I met her through Martha Stewart and I am SOOO thankful for this! She is the sweetest person in the world and her tree is just as sweet! Check out her website HERE, she makes the BEST cards ever.

Seriously how cute is this tree. I love how she made this out of drift wood. Check out Karah’s blog The Space Between for more great ideas!

I have always loved shades of blue on a tree. It just looks magical! This is from Barbara at Chase the Star.

Roeshel from the DIY Show Off did it again! Can you guess what my favorite thing about this tree is? How she wrapped the base of the tree~ It looks like she went in the snowy forrest  cut it and wrapped it up to put in her house! Love the red flowers in it also!

Sue made me so happy when she told me she was putting up a tree this year. It had been 4 long years since she put a tree up! Check out her site here!
Courtesy of Sue Doyle

The first thing that I thought of when I saw this was WOW, that is HUGE! I am really into colored lights lately so I appreciate that she has red lights tied into her white ones! Check out Cheri’s blog, It’s So Very Cheri.

This is another room that I just can stare at. I love how clean and crisp everything is. This is Cynthia Weber’s tree, who is an amazing interior decorator! Check out her blog HERE!

I always love when I see red ornaments. Maybe it brings me back to that picture in my head of what Christmas is… You know, the red and green picture. Heather from Setting for Four completely brought me back! She has a great blog so I suggest checking her out!

All I will say is WHOVILLE. I want to move there and put this tree on the top of my house!
Courtesy of Lauren Rippon Michael

Another one of Lauren Rippon Michael’s trees! Yep, she has two in her house. Don’t we all strive to be like her!

What I love most about this tree is the stand it is in. It’s not a traditional stand and I actually love that you don’t need a skirt around it. Very creative!
Courtesy of Jenn from the blog
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If this tree doesn’t make you want to get UP and dance then I don’t know what will. I love how bright it is!
Courtesy of Gabe Andrews

I am really loving this silky ribbon around this tree. It’s a great way to add some depth to a tree. Good to fill spots on a real tree also.
Courtesy of Jordan Dehart

When I saw this tree my heart melted. I love anything black and white. I especially love the checkered wrapping paper!
Courtesy of Veronica Rebollo Broussard

The one thing that caught my attention here was the feathers hanging! What a great way to dress up a tree.
Courtesy of Ivy Wiltz

WOW! I have never seen a silver tree before. I might have to put this on my list to get for next year. I love how bright and whimsical this tree is!
Courtesy of David Little

I love the red and green glittery ribbon on this mini tree!
Courtesy of Amy Hammond

I have to say I am very impresses by this tree! I love the ball garland all over it!
Courtesy of Rocky Roussell

My favorite thing on this tree is the letter’s that spell out LOVE! I also love the red cardinal at the top!
Courtesy of Nora Castaneda

My favorite thing on this tree is the RED BOOTS!
Courtesy of Clyde Valentine and Alix Tucker

I have always loved white trees. They really make all of your ornaments pop.
Courtesy of Crystal Lytle

I just love the tree in the picture and the entire setting. It looks like a picture perfect postcard!
Courtesy of Erin Prejean Benoit

This white garland reminds me of SNOW!
Courtesy of Cindy Spell

I love a good ole traditional red and green tree!
Courtesy of Amanda Toups

I love all of the Doves in this tree, plus the white ornaments.
Courtesy of Frances De Leon

I hope you enjoyed this post Jaderbugs!

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Seriously. HOW. COOL.ARE THESE.

With all of the excitement and  preparation for Blog Her 12 I forgot to post this baby! I am telling you my mind is going bonkers lately! We have this canister in our bathroom that I keep bath salts in. I am ALWAYS changing the scent of the salts so I wanted to put something on the canister that displayed what was in it. I didn’t want anything PERMANENT so after a little bit of thinking I though this would be cool.

Do you realize how much you can do with these labels! They are perfect for canisters in your kitchen, notebooks or gifts! How cute would it be if you would make these labels and put them on your christmas gifts you give out. You can write the name of person it is for! If you do something like that but your scared it would get wiped off, spray it with hairspray after. It will seal the chalk!

Let’s get started!

INGREDIENTS:

I got my address labels from Office Depot .  They are fun and bright! Check out what else I made using these labels here!

First thing you want to do is start painting your labels. I just painted the entire sheet. It is worth it in the end! After they dry, just peel the off and stick them where you want them! Yep, Jaderbugs… It’s that easy!!!

This is what my face looks like before it sees NEW YORK! I know, it doesn’t look that excited but it IS!

Guess who I will be seeing while I am there…..I will give you a few names so you can feel as excited as I am!!!!

1. Martha Stewart
2.  Katie Couric
3. Margaret Cho

I know, I am just as excited as YOU! I will be doing LIVE tweeting using hash tag #blogher12
Can’t wait to see my Graphic Fairy!

See ya in the city that doesn’t sleep [living my dreams everyday],

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