Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Healing the Hurts

I have had something of an epiphany.It happened this week as I was sitting at the piano. I came across this song that I had sang years ago. I remembered something I had done at that time, with the thought that I was helping someone. Now as I sat there that day at the piano, I realized that what I did only brought fresh hurt where maybe a heart was healing. I knew in my heart rigt away that I owed this precious woman a heartfelt apology, but struggled because quiet a bit of time had passed since the incident. Everyday as I went about daily tasks, I heard it with every beat of my heart, every step..."send an apology, its not too late, she needs to hear this"

 So, finally today, I sat down and wrote her a message ( I don't have her number or I would have called her)....I told her I was sorry, I told her I was young and immature at the time and really believed in my heart that I was helping her. I felt relief as I wrote it, and I know that as she read it, she experienced healing of a past hurt. You see it is never too late to do the right thing. When we feel that inkling, I recognize it as God prompting me, you may have a different name for it....a higher power, intuition, etc...we need to immediately take action. We will experience personal growth and relationships can be restored. 

 Why is it so hard to ask a person to forgive us? Our words carry great power, the power to hurt and the power to heal a hurt. Oftentimes, it is hard to admit we have made a mistake. Pride seems to wedge itself in there somehow. We don't want people to know that we have stumbled, that we have the ability with a sharp tongue to wound the people we care about most. Just think about how many arguments could be prevented, how many relationships (friend or otherwise) could be maintained, and dare I say, how many marriages that would last with those simple words, "Please forgive me, I was wrong.

 Why is it easier to ask forgiveness from those that live outside our house and not those that live in the four walls we share? They are sometimes the very ones that need to hear your words the most. You can make friends where-ever you go, but you only get one family. They are a precious gift. Once they are gone, you can't simply go out and find another one can take their place. They are all unique with their little quirks and crazies....but I will tell you, I wouldn't want to trade my family members for anyone else. We need our family....they are the ones that care, they are the ones that when you are telling a story about growing up, they "get it" will not find that just anywhere.

 Today I challenge my readers to think about their relationships. What ones need to be restored, are there places you need to ask forgiveness, is there a way you can bring healing to a life today? Don't hesitate, you never know when today could be your last chance.

Friday, August 24, 2012

It's Time to CELEBRATE!!!!!!!!

WOOOHHOOOO!!!!! Queen of the Blings  face-book fan page hit 100 likes today! In celebration, I am giving one lucky reader one of my customized bling art shirts.

The winner will select the design of their choice from my "Halloween Bling" post or the "Thinking About Christmas" post. Once announced the winner will have 24 hours to contact me by email at

My bling art shirts are so much fun to wear and they look amazing!

Good luck to everyone that enters!!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Milestone Birthday and 2 Movie Reviews

So yesterday my daughter turned 18!  How wild is that? She looked at me that morning and said, "Yes you are old enough to have a child this age!" I know, she is a laugh a minute...but she does know how to make my heart happy. When asked where she wanted to eat for her birthday, she told me that she would rather  have my homemade chicken and dressing with creamed potatoes on the side instead of go to a restaurant....that earned her some points! 

Here she is reading the card from her younger brother and little sister

We have also watched the "Hunger  Games." My daughter and I both read the whole trilogy in 3 was awesome! We had heard mixed feelings about the actual movie though. We all know that most of the time the movie just is not as good as the book. But all in all I thought the movie was great! It kept my attention even though I already knew what was going to happen and left me wanting to see "the rest of the story"

Now of course they didn't include as much detail as the book, if they did the movie would have been too long...but they gave you enough that if you had read the books, you knew what was happening.  Even my husband, who did not read the books by the way, was still very much interested and now wants to know what happens in the following books.

This is a movie my whole family enjoyed, and if you haven't seen it, you need to....from my youngest (Savannah, age 5)  to my oldest (Frank, age 53), we all loved every minute of it!

Another great movie that is family friendly is "Big Miracle" This story about the whale family, trapped in the ice in Alaska, is one the most moving and touching stories I have seen in a long time. Again my entire family watched it, and all loved it!

I have to admit there was not a dry eye in our living room during some of the parts of the movie.....

So if you are looking for some good, family movies this weekend, I recommend these two, Check them out and let me know what you think.......

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Free Blogger Opportunity.....Have It Your Way

  Jenn's Blah Blah Blog, Diva Fabulosa and Simply Shawn & Jenn are bringing you an awesome FREE Blogger Opportunity! They will be giving away $200, in their Have it your way event! How will this work? Whatever the winner wants, the winner will get! Kindle Fire, PayPal Cash, Amazing, Wal-Mart, Target! Who cares, they get just what they want! Blogger get FREE Facebook link with the option to purchase additional links! Jenn's Blah Blah Blog had a giveaway just like this called the Sizzling Summer Giveaway that was fabulous, so were going to bring it back over and over and over again! This time Simply Shawn & Jenn has decided to join in the fun to celebrate reaching over 10K fans! About the event
  • Prize: Whatever you want up to $200 (shipping included) Do you want a Kindle Fire? Maybe an iPod, hummm maybe gift card to Target, oh wait Paypal cash? We don't care we want you to have it your way! So let the games begin, and let's have some fun with this one!
  • Event will run from Sept 20th until Oct 20th.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Blogger Opportunity

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Glass Handbag Giveaway Sign Up's Are Open!

Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog and Diva Fabulosa have another fabulous FREE Blogger Opportunity!
There will be a Glass Handbag Giveaway every single month until further notice.
This prize is valued up to $1000, Winner Chooses Prize, Giveaway runs from 9/15 - 10/15!

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Decision Time

Have you ever been faced with a time in your life that you thought you knew what to do, but had the gnawing feeling inside that you needed to go in a different direction? This happened to me recently. I had everything planned out, knew what I was doing and looking forward to an event. I felt I had prayed, sought God, felt confident....but then....

About 5 weeks prior to this, I started feeling like maybe my timing was off, that this particular thing needed to be done at a different time, not now. I knew in my heart that God was trying to tell me something....but me being made of flesh, I didn't want to listen, I wanted what I wanted....

Things began to take shape in my life and in my familys' life that showed me I needed to delay my plans....still I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Finally with just days to go, I was setting at my dining table, making my we all do, and I heard very clearly what God was saying. Then He reminded me, that we don't make decisions based on our emotions or feelings, but only on what He says to do. 

I cancelled my event, and immediately felt a HUGE relief.....

I don't know why the change, but God does....and whatever He has for me this weekend to do, is what I will do....and I know that I will have peace in my heart.

FREE Blogger Opportunity

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS Check out this FREE Blogger opp! Jenn's Blah Blah Blog, Pink Ninja Blogger and Diva Fabulosa are hosting another awesome giveaway! 10 Hidden Treasure Candles, will be given away! We will be giving 2 Hidden Treasure Candles away to FIVE Lucky Winners! That's a total of $250 in amazing candles, with hidden treasures inside each and every candle! About the Hidden Treasure Candles
  • Every candle has a beautiful hidden treasure inside the amazing smelling wax.
  • Every 500 Candles sold, one lucky customer will win an iPad 3!
  • Every 1000 Candles sold, one lucky customer will receive a Le Vian Necklace!
  • Every 5000 Candles sold, one lucky customer will receive a Tiffany & Co. Pendant!
Look at some of the amazing jewelry in Hidden Treasure Candles!
About this event
  • 5 winners (each winner will receive 2 Hidden Treasure Candles)
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Learn more about this fabulous giveaway on Jenns Blah Blah Blog

Monday, August 20, 2012

Soda Stream Giveaway!

Welcome to the Fabulous SodaStream Giveaway

The SodaStream Giveaway is hosted by,

and sponsored by SodaStream

Thanks for stopping by for another awesome Giveaway on Queen of the Bling and Other Amazing Things, this time we will be giving away a SodaStream machine! These bad boy's are fabulous! Not only can you make your own soda but it's fun to use with the entire family! It's a win, win situation.Jennifer, over at Jenn's Blah Blah Blog was lucky enough to review one of these bad boys. Here is what she had to say, "it has really caused my two older daughters to bond, lol they have to get along if they want to use the soda machine. Yes, it's not fair to let one use it without the other either, so its quality bonding time for two sisters that love to drive one another crazy."

Here is the link to her full review.... SodaStream Review.
One lucky person will receive the Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit. Fountain Jet - Soda Starter Kit This awesome kit is valued at $99.95, take a peak at it HERE Kit includes:
  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
Giveaway will start on August 20th at 12:01am EST and end on 9/15 at 11:59pm EST, must be 18 years or older to enter. Event is open to US residents only, I know I wish they would ship worldwide too, but SodaStream can only ship within the continental US. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, August 18, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW......"Bachelorette"

So last night we were flipping through channels and couldn't decide on anything to watch. I said that I had seen this really funny movie advertise and that it was "On Demand." We agreed this did look funny and we would watch it.

The "Bachelorette" looks funny enough....three friends invited to the wedding of a school friend that they all used to make fun of. These three "friends" are supposed to be bridesmaids at the upcoming wedding. Great story, but filled with horrible language. Also, filled with brief why is it required for a movie to be a "great movie" that it has to have the language/nudity factor?

If you are looking for a family film....this is not it! (Before you judge us for watching it, all minors were in bed.).....Also, the bride is somewhat overweight and the "friends" take great delight in making fun of her and her wedding gown bc of the size of it....way to go Hollywood for making all us that are not a size two feel great about ourselves! Even if you get past all of this, there are still scenes where people are just hooking up, just because it seems like the things to do at the time. Some of the scenes left nothing to the imagination....ok what was that supposed to do for the audience?? We do not need the graphics! if we are all the appropriate age to be watching this movie rating, then chances are we already know what the "act" looks like and what goes on.....

Once we got into the movie, you realize the story-line is not great, the acting is fair.....

I give the "Bachelorette" two thumbs down....

Friday, August 17, 2012

Favorite Thing Friday

I think my favorite thing this week was when my daughter received her car from her Dad....and she has been driving everywhere! It doesnt matter how small or inigificant the item....she will volunteer to go get it! It's all good though....she has waited a long time for this day!

Today is another blog hop, and you guessed "Favorite Thing Friday" hop...


Blog Hop Rules:

  • Link Up A Favorite Post from the week or a Post about a favorite thing
  • Follow Host and Co Host but be sure to let us know so we can follow you back!
  • Follow one other blog in the hop and let them know so they can follow back.
  • Have fun meeting some other blogs :)
  • This is a Blog Hop!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

For the Hog Fans

I saw the absolute cutest project idea for all my Razorback friends! I borrowed this post from "Deep in the Heart of Arkansas" You can see her blog  click here

Here is the link to the article
click here

Go stop by and let her know I sent ya!


I cant believe I overlooked this

so my blog has been up for almost a year.....people kept telling me that they couldnt follow it through GFC....I looked and looked. I even googled it! All I could find was that google no longer used GFC after March finally today, i typed in the search engine "how to follow a blog with google" and wouldnt ya know I had the ability to do this all the was right there with the gadget list....dont ask me why I never saw this before! how crazy! so now you have the option to the right of the blog to follow with google.....

Blog Hop!

It's Time To Mingle!!

This is a Blog Hop!

Happy Go Lucky
There are no rules to the blog hop, just link your blogs'main page. Then have a blast reading new blogs and making new blog friends! We would love for you to follow the hotesses in the first four spots and the guest host in the fifth spot.

Please leave a comment so we can follow you back.

We hope you have fun and Thanks for joining us! We are excited to find new blogs, share ideas, and inspire each other!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Halloween Bling

I had a few people asking about bling art for Halloween...well here ya go. These are few of what I can create. Again let me know if you have something specific in mind and I can usually come up with a design for you. 

Getting Older

One week from today and my oldest daughter will turn will turn I am waxing a little nostalgic. I cant believe how fast it went. It feels like only yesterday we were taking her to her first day of kindergarten. The backpack looked huge on her. She was so little, had a front tooth missing, and had that Dorothy Hamill haircut. As soon as we took her to her room she was ready for us to go! Of course at that time we lived in Salina, Kansas.....all of the teachers thought it was so cute that she had a southern drawl. They would ask her at recess just to say their names.....She was a busy little girl back then.....that hasn't changed. She has always been a social butterfly, making friends easily it seems. She has always had a big heart, empathetic for others. She sang in church the first time when she was three.....then grew up to be the worship leader for the youth. I was never more proud of her. Something about watching your child lead others to worship at the feet of the Master is so moving. Dont get me wrong, she dont flutter around on angel wings all day! She has had her moments.....once in 5th grade, she decided to just stand up and holler out "Hey, Hey, Hey, its FAAAAAAT Albert" after seeing the movie over the weekend. I had to remind her that it was not her job to provide the comic relief for the class. But, she has always been funny....I like to think that she gets that from me. She has done a lot of things in 18 years.....cheerleader, pageant queen, softball, competitive swim, wrote a proposal for Congress, made the honor roll, so many things, so many memories. I remember thinking she was a angel when we brought her from the hospital.....then when she developed colic, thinking I birthed and alien baby....those were the days of no sleep at night and sleep-walking through the day. She has turned into an awesome person, so warm, so caring, a natural leader,  so in love with her King. She is entering in a new phase of, driving, juggling a few more responsibilities now. Life is an adventure for her, always has been. I am glad I get to be along for the ride.......


I didnt want my sports friends  left out of the bling shirts and sweatshirts! I have lots of sports, basketball, and baseball....if there is  sport that your child participates in, let me know and I am sure I can come up with a design for you. If there is one of these that you like but it needs a different sport logo, just let me know and I can get that for you. Just think about how much fun it would be to go to your childs event in you bling shirt to show your support! and yes, I can personalize these....

Shirts $25 and sweatshirts $30....buyer pays S & H

leave me a message in the comment section below telling me which design you would like and  way to contact you