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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 …
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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-…

Top 10 Tuesday: 12 Days of Christmas Movies

Well, so instead of a Top 10, I'm changing it to a Top 12!  Because I love The Twelve Days of Christmas and I love Christmas movies and why not combine both together to make it 12 Days of Christmas Movies!? 

I suppose we each all have our own opinions as to what Christmas Movies are *must-haves* on our Watch List, but I would like to think there are some that just generally required, by public agreement.  So, here's my Top 12 Days of Christmas Movies List, complete with a FREE Printable so you can make this a Holiday Bucket List Item, if you'd like!  I'd love to hear if your favorite movie made the cut or not!

OH---and one more thing---these movies are certainly not listed in an specific order, they are more in the order in which I may or may not have already watched them... (#SorryNotSorry!)

12.  The Santa Clause (1994)



When this movie first came out, I was totally entranced by the interpretation of the North Pole, courtesy of Disney Magic, that I almost believed Disn…

Merry Christmas 2018!

It's December 1st and I would love to be one of the first to wish you a "Merry Christmas"! 


This month is probably full of a whirlwind of activity for you---and if you're like me, your calendar has been jam-packed since October and your head has already started spinning!  Ha!  But, I just wanted to remind you (and myself!) to take a few moments every day to sit back, relax, and enjoy this time of the year!

The holidays are always a little bittersweet as we spend yet another year without my Daddy, but as our family grows older, we begin new traditions and make new memories.  This year I have many exciting things planned---Elf on the Shelf (with a spin), Christmas Activities, fun events, personal reflection, and more! 

I invite you to join me and catch a glimpse of the Beccard Family Christmas, the Sparkle & Fizz Way, as well as share some of your own family traditions and activities this month with me on Facebook or on Instagram!  And if you need a reprieve from a…

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

There's always something to love about each and every month, right?  I feel like November should be at the top of everyone's list, though, because this month should be centered around Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Love.  Whether you're grateful for time off of work, big family reunions, Friendsgivings, or a burned up turkey, there's something for everyone to feel some type of gratitude for.

Webster's Dictionary defines gratitude as: the state of being grateful : THANKFULNESS.  I want to take that a step farther and add "blessed".  As a woman of Faith, it is very important to me to include that term, too.  I am blessed.  When I sit down and journal at night, I think of things that I'm grateful for, say "thanks", and it fills my heart up with blessings and reminds me how loved I am before I even lay my head down on my pillow.

I'd like to share these three simple words with you in the form of a free printableGrab it now!

I created a very …

November Project of the Month: Name Card

Can you believe that we have made it to November?  These last couple of weeks have been nothing short of a whirlwind of activity for myself---and I think it's just about to get busier!  Eek! 

Now that being said, November is such a fun month.  It's a time of gratitude and reflection and it's also the month of Thanksgiving.  Now that the kids' birthday party is over, it's time to move onto my next event plan!  I love hosting events; Thanksgiving dinner is certainly no exception!  And it doesn't have to fancy at all!  Sometimes, just the simplest of decorations is really all you need.  Such as this pretty little Name Card, to give all your guests an extra special "warm-fuzzy" when they're seated at the dinner table.


It really took next to no time at all, but yet, it's elegant, a little rustic, and a little "winter-y" for my Winter Loving Friends! 

Don't you just fall head over heels for this Buffalo Check Background Stamp?  Pair t…