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Monday, November 24, 2014

The RIGHT Way to Decorate the Christmas Tree


     Yes, you read that right, there is a RIGHT way to decorate a Christmas Tree, well maybe not decorate it fully because well we all have our own styles of Christmas tree decorations. However, there is a right way to string Christmas tree lights so they are easy to remove. I have to admit last year our pre-lit tree quit being pre-lit and need lights to be strung on it, well I did just that. I wrapped 4, okay maybe it was 5,extra sets of lights onto our tree and you know what I did when I put the tree up last year? I just detached it and left them all on there, not thinking of the mess it would be next year.

Well, let me tell you about that mess and then I'll show the RIGHT way to do it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

25 Days to Christmas Countdown Starts tomorrow on ABC Family

All of the Movies are starting! Watch some of your favorites on the ABC Families Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas - It will be here before you know it, until then though, which movie are you looking forward to most? I love most of these movies so every afternoon while I'm cooking or getting the evening routine done. Hope you all have a great week and wishing you all a great Thanksgiving to you and your family. Tune into ABC Family starting at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow and mark your calendar with all your favorites,

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
  • 6:00pm – Finding Nemo
  • 8:30pm – Dark Shadows
  • 12:00am – Another Cinderella Story
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
  • 6:00pm – Dark Shadows
  • 8:30pm – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • 12:00am – Mirror, Mirror

Friday, November 21, 2014

Start Planning for Christmas with this FREE Christmas Planner- 8 Styles

      I have something special for you all today. I found this Christmas Planner on Pinterest from Eliza Ellis, It's a Beautiful Life. This Free Printable Planner has everything to help you plan for an amazing Christmas! I printed it out two days ago in this Santa Theme shown here and the more I think of that I need/want to do the more this planner comes in handy! If you don't like this Santa theme here, you can always choose from one of the 7 others. This planner has everything from stores your planning to shop at, to do list, decorating theme & list, dinner planner, party planner, Christmas card list, & much more. I know I will be well prepared for Christmas with this!

November Craft Contributor

     It's that time of the month again where Raised Southern is contributing to the awesome site of My Craftily Ever After. This site has a great idea for any kind of craft or recipe you are looking for and plenty of other ideas to keep you busy. I would head over and spend some time on this great site!  This month I decided to to contribute one of our families favorites - This Thanksgiving Appetizer or Centerpiece and the kids are thankful to play with their food.

{Thankful} Day 21

Day 21 – Relationships/Friendships – how else to talk about them but that they are a Roller Coaster.. Incredible Highs, and very low lows, but just like a roller coaster, even though you are a little scared you still get on it. I am so thankful for all the close personal relationship and friendships that I have. I have friends that I have been friends with since 5th grade {that’s 18 years now}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

{The Scott Life} A little bit of us shared with y'all!

Making : My Holiday plan I am so excited about the holidays coming up
Cooking : I'm fixing to start some Potato soup for dinner.
Drinking : Mt. Dew - My favs.
Reading: I haven't been reading anything much except work stuff, school stuff, & sales paper.
Wanting: To be done with my Christmas Shopping, I wish I would have started sooner.
Looking: I've been looking a lot at the sales papers and making sure I am getting a good deal.
Playing: no games, do not have time for games right now.
Wasting: time dealing with unnecessary things
Sewing: some new bows for christmas!
Wishing: That our car would work right just once. Now it's the starter, I hate car issues

{Thankful} Day 20


Day 20 – Dreams (Raised Southern Boutique) – I have always had dreams, not like dreams you have when you sleeping, but the way I pictured my life, or what I thought I would do with my life and career. A lot of my thoughts were just that dreams because my road led somewhere, somewhere great might I add, but somewhere different then I had thought.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm a #BlueChica & You should be too! Thanksgiving Style!

     I can't tell you how excited I am that I have joined the #BlueChica team at BlueTique Cheap Chic! This site has become one of my favorite places to shop and I'm sharing with you because I want you be able to shop at this awesome store too! I really wish we had a actually store in one of the nearby towns, but since we don't, I have no problem ordering online. Well I want to share with all of you this special gift of 10% off!!! Look below at the end of this post for the code!
     I have to share with you my current FAVORITES from BlueTique Cheap Chic:

{Thankful} Day 19


These ladies, let me just tell you about them- they are some of the greatest ladies I have had the pleasure of knowing. All of them are great in there own ways and all are very supportive. I really wish I lived closer to these ladies because I think we would all be great friends. Now I wouldn’t have met these ladies if they wouldn’t have joined ALWB and wanted to be apart of this community in a higher way.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{Thankful} Day 18

Alabama Women Bloggers & Stephanie Buckly – Earlier in 2014 , I was asked to become the editor of Alabama Women Bloggers, I joined this community in the summer of 2013, it was a fairly new community and I was very excited to be apart of it. Shortly after they joined I was asked to be apart of the team and handle our Blogger of the Month series. I really enjoyed it because I wanted to connect with new bloggers and be apart of a community that would help me build my blog as well and that’s what I found in Alabama Women Bloggers!

Monday, November 17, 2014

How Does Time Fly By So Quickly?

How does time fly by so quickly? I was just writing out the November calendar for all the posts that needed to get done for my blog this month because I want to go out with a BANG- & here we are, it's the 17th & I'm 13 days behind on my 31 day of Thankfulness & 17 days behind on #BlogLikeCrazy- Which I loved doing last year. SO.... what to do.. give up? naaaa----- Luckily my thankfulness post were scheduled out to the 19th so I can just write them up and edit real quick,cause I already know what I am going to be writing about and #BlogLikeCrazy is topic related so I'm good there- now I just need to write, write like a crazy women. 

Sorry for my absence, other sites needed my full attention & I wasn't feeling well, and all us wives and mothers know, that when we're not feeling well, nothing gets done & the house looks like a hurricane hit just it. 

Have a great week, check back in- I'll have a lot for you to read :) 

{Thankful} Day 17

While thanking Raised Southern I think about all the opportunities it has brought me and all of the memories I have made with my family because of my brand. It started out as me just making bows, I then decided to sell them and Raised Southern was born,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

{Thankful} Day 16


*Raised Southerns very first Logo {2013}
 When I started Raised Southern, I never really thought it would go in the direction that it has and I am so proud of it! Raised Southern has such a bright future as long as I continue to follow my dream and do what I want to do with it. I’m very thankful for what it has already provided for my family and look forward to looking back in a couple of years and seeing where it was and what it has become! I’m looking forward to all the things coming up in 2015 and all the places I want to take it!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

{Thankful} Day 15

Family – I have a ton of other family that I want to know I am thankful for them but I would be sitting here writing for days if I told each one how thankful I was so I’m going to just say in one post.
I absolutely have the best family we are the definition of crazy. Everyone of us has it in us- hmm, maybe I shouldn’t be admitting to this – but any who, I have such memories with so many of you and one thing I would like for you to do is either email me with your favorite memory of me or send a few pictures you have of us! I would love to reminisce! I’m thankful for each and every one of you, no matter our current relationship!< 3

Friday, November 14, 2014

{Thankful} Day 14

My husband has worked so hard to get where he is. This past year {2014} has been such a great journey for him in his career. I am very thankful that he had a dream and set out to achieve his dream career and still works harder and harder every day. I must say he has the greatest work ethic that I have ever seen in someone. Him working hard towards his dreams and achieving such a achievements has been such a beautiful thing to watch. I’m very thankful that every day he is able to go to work and not only do what he loves but also provide for his family in a way that is not typical in this day and age. I am able to be a stay at home mom, homeschool our children, and build my own brand because of his love and passion for his work and working hard to be the best at what he does. Today I am so thankful for my husband’s career and what it allows for our family!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

{Thankful} Day 13

     Our Home – Our home is very very special to me. It was built by my grandfather & family members, it holds so many precious memories of mine. Our home has been such a great blessing to us. I  am very thankful to my grandparents for allowing us the opportunity to own our own home, and this very special home. While my home holds so many memories it will also

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{Thankful} Day 12

Music is my therapy- There is something about music that holds a part of me . If I am having a bad day, I know exactly what songs to listen to, to block it out and continue on with what I need to do. If I’m angry I can listen to music to clear my head and help me work out my frustration and deal with the situation more clear headed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{Thankful} Day 11

     My Daddy: I'm so thankful to have had you for the time I did. There is not a day, and sometimes it becomes all day that I think about you!

Monday, November 10, 2014

{Thankful} Day 10

My neices & Nephew - These crazy kids are such blessings. They have such personalities and I love being Aunt Kari to all of them. I’m thankful that these sweet faces are such a part of our life and we get to be a part of theirs!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

{Thankful} Day 9


 My Sister-in-law (Lizzie) I’m so thankful to have you as my sister in law and apart of a family I don’t think we will ever understand.

Friday, November 7, 2014

{Thankful} Day 7 - My Oklahoma Family



      My Oklahoma Family- I really need to set up a travel fund just so twice a year I can go see my New York/Pittsburgh family and my Oklahoma family which is My Sister, Brother Step-mom, Adopted Step Dad, Nana, & Grandad, I love all of these people dearly too, of course, because they are my family. I’m so thankful to have them apart of my life and

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

{Thankful} Day 5- My Grandmother

      My grandmother – She has always been the picture perfect grandmother… Mom says no, call Grandma- and that’s what I did and I got exactly what I wanted. That alone doesn’t make her perfect but it could. She was always such a big part of my life and is always there for me. Even when my mother and I were going through tough times she was still there, secretly taking my mothers side and planting “the right thing to do” in my head, I wouldn’t have or want it any other way. She is still such a big part of my life and always there for any advice I need. I ‘m blessed to have a grandmother that loves as much as she does.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Wind is Blowing that Means the Internet is going to be out.

  Okay, I live in a little town, BUT i have two fairly big towns right next to me... but I do live rural, whatever the reason is I'm tired of my Internet going out. Around here, if the wind blows the wrong way our Internet is a goner and last week when it was so windy here in AL what do you think happened? You guessed it, the Internet went out. As always we give them a little while to get it together so Friday we continued about our Halloween went Trick-or-Treating and came home, Still out... So I called, put it a "repair ticket", this just means they are going to look and see if there is anything wrong with my lines or modem/router box and then let me know. Well this takes 36- 48 hours, okay great, NOT, 36-48 Business hours. Anyways so that is where I have been. Dealing with the stages of grief from my Internet being out. Now onto catching up my Thankful Posts and much much more. Let's see if i can get 4 days worth of posts out in one.... Challenge Accepted!

{Thakful} Day 4 - My Children

     I have been blessed with 2 intelligent, kind, independent, creative, children. My children in my dreams were not even as close to as amazing my two are.

Monday, November 3, 2014

{Thankful} The Love of My Life

     Day 3 – My husband, he’s my high school sweetheart. I met him at 15 years old {gawsh, I’m 28 now, WOW} he was 16, and that was it. We were madly in love and became your typical “high school sweetheart” couple. I was the good girl, him the bad boy, mommy & daddy don’t like him, I don’t care – you know that whole story, and then here came a baby. We have been through more than I could write about , but we have always stood by each other’s side and had each other’s back.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

{Thankful} My Mother

Day 2 – My mother, she is such a wonderful women. I don’t know what my life would be like without her. When I was a teenager we had a rocky relationship, due to me being a typical teenage girl, thinking my mother knew NOTHING! Although our relationship was rocky it has become exactly what it was supposed to be. Thank you for being a wonderful mother and always putting me first, my needs, and sometimes my excessive wants. You were and still are such a great mother and great grandmother to my children. I couldn't ask for a better one! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November is full of Thankfulness!

     One thing I love about November is being able to write and share in detail 30 things I am most thankful for. I am always thankful but this particular month is all about telling the world what you are thankful for, your world that is. It’s important to always take the time to tell those that are important to you and why and while yes you should do it all the time, I think life gets us all caught it its web and we are always focusing on what needs to get done next and while we show our thankfulness we may not always speak it. November gives us that chance to do it, so whether you do it on social media by sharing your days, or writing it in your blog, tell us what you are thankful for most each day.

    Day 1 – I’m thankful to our god for giving me this wonderful life. While there have been trials you have given me that I will never understand or know why, you also gave me the strength to overcome them and the trials that I have went through have made me a better person. I’m very blessed with the story you wrote for me, I only hope I can continue to live up to women , daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, cousin, wife, mother, Aunt and  friend that I am suppose to be.  Thank you god for waking me every morning to this beautiful life of mine. 

{Monthly Memories} November 1, 2014

On Monthly Memories I love sharing some of our personal pictures and things we have been doing. This is also great for my family that is out of town and doesn't get to be with us as much as we or they would like. Hope you all enjoy! We love & miss y'all!