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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends!  Can you believe it's now 2019?!  I seriously can't.  Not to mention, it's going to probably be March when I'm finally used to writing "2019" on everything.  Sheseh!

I'm sitting here, writing this post, my hair is in the messiest bun I think it's ever seen, I'm working on my second cup of coffee, and my kiddos are watching a movie with their daddy.  It's heaven.  Well, at least heaven on Earth.  And I realize that motherhood is truly one of the greatest adventures I've taken.  Yeah, the days are long, but the years are short---super short---and I have literally blinked and the kids are already three and four!  How!?  And that got me to thinking...

Now, some people have "resolutions".  Some people have "goals".  Some people choose to work on their "bucket list".  Some choose to do nothing at all!  I've been in one of those groups at least once in my lifetime.  But this year, I…
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Psalm 31:5

As I reflect back on 2018, I have realized just how God-driven my year really was.  I learned so many things, I made some exciting changes, I traveled down new paths, I made new friends, I embarked on new journies.  2018 will be coming to a close soon and I feel that I have been called to make 2019 another very purposeful, very Christ-centric year.  2018 was a year for self-discovery and I believe in my heart that 2019 is a year for others and to live out my own personal mission statement.

As many of you know, I became a distributor for SeneGence International.  I decided to become a distributor for one reason—I loved the products and I wanted to share them with the world.  Over this last year, I reflected back on why I loved the products and the answer was very simple: they made me feel confident.  Friends, this was truly the first time in my whole life where I truly felt comfortable in my own skin.  This was the first time in my whole life where I finally believed I was the beautif…

Beccard's Christmas Vacation 2018

J and I have been talking about "family" vacations since before Lexi was even conceived, so you can imagine our excitement when we made the decision to take our very first Beccard Family Trip this year---overnight (more than one) in a hotel!  You may also imagine the picture perfect Family Vacation with a three and a four year-old...yeah.  That picture you're imagining is probably nothing like what we experienced!

Now that we've done this...I have learned three very important lessons:

1)  Look at a darn map when planning.
2)  Lower the sleep expectations.
3)  Do a tiny bit more research ahead of time.


The whole basis for our trip was to go to the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Show.  Since we don't have anything quite like that in our area, I thought, perfect!  We can go on a little road trip, see how the kiddos do on a vacation, and see some awesome Christmas lights!  But we ended up in Cedar Rapids (for the Amana Colonies).  Because, apparently I thought they w…

Throwback Thursday: New Vintage

It's time I got back into the papercrafting mood!  After hitting the gym last night (because, the holiday weight is REAL, ya'll!) I had an itching to make a quick card, but I was hitting a creative block.  I was scrolling through Facebook (because that's what I do...) and I saw this series of photos of women from the 50's/60's and their Christmas trees and I loved it!  I then thought about turning a vintage card into a card for today!  So...Pinterest to the rescue!

I searched for vintage Christmas cards and I found the perfect card for my inspiration:


Just look at this pretty card!  I saw the tree beautifully decorated in some vintage colors and I instantly grabbed my Ready For Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set and the coordinating Christmas Staircase Framelits Dies

Here's my creation:


So, it's definitely similar, but also quite different!  And I incorporated colors and elements I didn't even think about!  I used my Softly Falling Embossing Folder and …

Good Laid Plans

So, I’m a planner by nature.  I have calendars, Family Hubs, lists, and even lists for my lists!  It’s almost “planning to a fault.”  And that’s what I just learned yesterday.
It was my plan to post a Tip Tuesday blog post yesterday.  I knew precisely what I was going to write about, I had a free printable available for all you lovelies—it was all set!  But I just could never find time to write my post.  The kids have been borderline little terrorists for, what seems like the past week, I’m battling a minor, albeit annoying, cold, and I feel like I’m stuck in neutral, just trying to spin my wheels and not going anywhere among the piles of laundry, dishes, dusting, meal planning and prep, etc., etc. etc.
Yesterday was my internal “deadline” to get this blog post written— I mean, it was Tuesday!  I just had to get it done!  That was my plan!  But guess what, Friends?  Who cares about my plan?  God had a different plan for me.  And it was actually way better.
The day started out with my …

What I am: She helped me to be...

Today is a very special day.  Today is my Mama's Birthday.  This lady is a lady who tried to tell me when I was younger "I've been around the block a time or two..." to which I would just shake my head and think "Whatever!" and I now I know --- my Mama was always right.  Her infinite wisdom, never-ending hugs, gentle firmness, and constant encouragement shaped me into who I am today and I am so proud, blessed, and honored to celebrate her today.

Most everyone thinks their Mom is special, but I have truly grown to know that my mom is extremely special.  From being the selfless woman who did everything she could do to become a mom, including welcoming a tiny little baby from Korea into her heart and her home over 30 years ago, to now becoming the loving, nurturing grandma to my two Minis; she really is remarkable. 

In another life, my Mom was a nurse.  A natural caregiver at heart, she started out her journey from high school as someone who put others' ne…

December Challenge: Goodfellows Donations

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, then this isn't "new" news to you!  But, if you don't (and I don't know why you don't!  Sign up for it now!) then here's what's going down this month for the Sparkle & Fizz December Challenge: 100% of my profits for the month will be donated to the Goodfellows World-Herald Goodfellows Charity. 


When I was 10, I begged and begged my parents to let me have a newspaper route (I really don't know why---I guess I thought it would be "fun") and they finally agreed to let me give it a go.  The first couple days I loved it.  Then, after day three, I loathed it.  It was hot, the newspapers would stick together, I had to walk the route (uphill both ways!), and I was DONE.  But, my parents reminded me that this was my idea and that I wanted it.  So I had to stick it out.  Perseverance.  Commitment.  Tenacity.  Those were super hard life lessons learned at a young age.  And it was because of my parents-…