"I'm just a Country Mom blogging about {my} small town country life"


February 26, 2013

It's a Scentsy Day!

Hello to all my wonderful blog readers. I know it has been a few days since I got a post up. I just wanted to apologize for that! I have been extremely busy working with our Boy Scouts for their Pinewood Derby next weekend and doing family things! I have also been a little under the weather! I wish it would make up it's mind whether it wants to be hot or cold. That would help a lot!!!

I have exciting news!!!! I debated and debate on this for several weeks before I finally made a move, but I'm happy to announce that I'm now an Independent Scentsy Consultant!

I have always loved the Scentsy products and so does many of my family and friends! I will be sure to keep my blog up-to-date with specials and promotions so that everyone can join in and make their homes wickless and safe!

If you want to go and check out my page, here's the link Scentsy Fragrance and here's the link to my facebook page Demi Spencer Independent Scentsy Consultant!

I look forward to seeing everyone around and getting some orders in! The new Spring/Summer catalog starts March 1st! If you'd like to place an order or for me to mail you a catalog, let me know!

From my front porch to yours,

February 22, 2013

The Blog Worshop: Online Blogging Conference

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

My focus in today's post will be about our significance in the blogging community. I'm not sure talking about the things we share, I'm also talking about the things we write and how our image as bloggers come across to our readers and companies that may potentially want to sponsor our blogs. Those are amazing feats for any bloggers. We all dream about being known in some way whether it's for our crafts, our deal seeking, our photography, or just the pure satisfaction in sharing our knowledge with others.

I know that sometimes, I feel like I have hit a brick wall and don't know where to turn. I get discouraged and fear that my blog will sink if I can't come up with something new and refreshing for my readers. Do you ever feel that way? I'm sure that most of you have at some point or the other. In my search for ways and ideas to keep my blog fresh and full of content, I ran across The Blog Workshop

What is The Blog Workshop you may ask? It is a three day online conference for bloggers and vloggers. The course will provide you with information to help you take your blog/vlog to a higher level and in turn give you a fresh outlook on making your staple in the blogging world! They have a great agenda lined up for everyone {be sure to check out the sneak peek below} as well as some truly awesome speakers from IZEA, Blog-Trends, The Blog Frog and more! You can find out more about the agenda and speakers by clicking the links to view their respected pages!
If you are like me, you don't have time to attend an out of town conference or you may have a job to where it makes it impossible to attend! That's the great thing about The Blog Workshop ... it's 100% online. No driving. No hassles. No fuss. Just you learning how to give your blog that much needed edge! Are you excited yet? I hope that you are! You can register for this event by clicking here!
Now, all you need to do is mark your calendars for the dates of May 17-19, 2013 and attend this amazing event!

Thanks to the Indiegogo Campaign, you can also get discounted tickets for the event! Be sure to check their campaign out if you are interested in attending but need a little help in doing so!

Did I mention The Blog Workshop also offers grant and scholarship programs? If you would be interested in learning more about these, please follow the links to learn about their grants and scholarships.

I hope to see you all at the conference! I'm stoked and ready to have a blast learning how to make my blog more beneficial to my readers, companies, fellow bloggers and myself!

From my front porch to yours,

February 20, 2013

Vicks & Honeywell Winter Blues Giveaway

Welcome to the Honeywell & Vicks Winter Blues Giveaway. Hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom with co-hosts Mom 2 Bed by 8 and Free Makeup and Beauty Samples.  Sponsored by Honeywell & Vicks.

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From my front porch to yours,

February 19, 2013

The Tuesday "Catch-Up"

Oh my goodness everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone's weekend was absolutely fabulous! I know I have been on a blogging hiatus, but I promise you that I am refreshed and ready to go! I took a break and ended up going to visit my husband while he was away for school, and we took some much needed family time together. It was really hard having him away the week of Valentine's Day so it was wonderful to be able to go to him and have fun in the big city!

We did many things while out in Clarksville. I visited a fun and funky flea market villa with Nathan's mom while he was at school on Friday. I got some really neat items! I'll take a moment and share a few of them with you! I really love how items "find" you! You just have to be in the moment and open your eyes! That's the best part about places like this one, no two booths are the same. Each one has a theme all its own!

Don't you just love the how you never know what to expect when you go shopping in a flea market/thrift store atmosphere?  I love all my little finds!

Nathan and I ended up spending our Saturday going to visit a few other stores his mom told me about that I absolutely loved! We also had the opportunity to try out our new camera! That was such an adventure! I will be sure to get those pictures uploaded this week so you all can enjoy our photography!

Before I end today's post, I would like to share with you my amazing Valentine's gift! I was fortunate enough to be able to pick this out myself {even though that was not my intention at first}, but I'm glad Nathan ended up waiting and letting me find this gift ... it's almost too perfect!

I have always loved charm bracelets! This one holds very special meaning to me! I'll take a second and explain the charms to ya! I'll start on the left side: a kitty in honor of our cat Precious, a round bead with the February gemstone in honor of our Wedding Date and Valentine's Day, a love charm in honor of our love, the Celebrate Life charms that came on the bracelet, a little boy charm in honor of Logan, a round Mom charm in honor of me being a mom, and a puppy in honor of our dog Chloe!

This bracelet is absolutely perfect for my life! It sums it all up and there's plenty of room for more charms as our life together expands! In case you are wondering, this bracelet is the Celebrate Life bracelet from the Hallmark Collection. We purchased it at Wal-Mart over at the jewelry counter!

Be sure to come back tomorrow and be part of my huge announcement and career adventure!!!!

From my front porch to yours,

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today, I have decided to take a break from blogging 
to allow for some holiday cheer!
I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!

This is my little buddy Lucas showing off his Valentine Box
we made last night after church! 

Here's some pics of Logan opening up his presents this morning! 
He was really excited and got some great stuff!!!

This is how I plan on spending my day, curled up with a good book and a movie!

From my front porch to yours,

February 12, 2013

Valentine Goodies from Hawaii!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I'm delighted to share with you my gifts that I received from my good friend Miranda. She is a fellow blogger and has quickly become one of my best friends since we became paired together as part of the Valentine Exchange.


You can go check out Miranda's blog here: 
Our Nesting Place

Miranda sent me some truly great gifts that I was super stoked to open. It was like Christmas all over again! I think it was more so the thrill of knowing that the gifts were for me, but I didn't know exactly what they were until I opened them! 

Let's Take A Peek, Shall We ...

You really have no idea how happy I was to open this box! I love Scentsy! Miranda definitely knew how to make my day! This warmer is so cute and the wax melts she sent me smell so amazing! I love the fact that she even threw in a car freshener! I'm gonna get good use of that with baseball season fast approaching! I'm going to be living in my car before too long, lol! 

Here's a close-up of the warmer! I love the rustic look!! Right now, I have it plugged into an outlet in my kitchen of all places! I love the fact that it's petite in size and will fit under my cabinet! I think I'll have to invest in some more of these in the future!

Miranda also sent me some "snacks" from Hawaii! Have Mercy!!! LOL!!!!! Just looking at the wrappers made my mouth water. I haven't tried any of these yet ... I'm trying to hold off and wait for a special occasion! I don't think they'll last much longer! I just love having them set in my kitchen and being able to look at the wrappers. They are so cute! She also wrote me a great little Valentine note!

I love being a blogger and being able to connect with others like this. This was the first exchange I was part of, and I'm really happy that I decided to link up and join in! 

Thank you, again, Miranda for the gifts. I will cherish them forever ... well, all except the chocolates of course ;)

I hope everyone has a great day!!! 

From my front porch to yours,

February 11, 2013

Happy Monday!!!

Happy Monday everyone! By-Golly, it has been one crazy weekend! I have been so incredibly busy that I have just now found time to sit down and enjoy myself! I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend and is ready for Valentine's Day!

The Weekend Recap ... 

As for most blue-collar Americans, this month is very very important! We were lucky enough to get our taxes done this year right at the end of January! Thank Goodness for that!!! I'm so happy that it is all done and over with and we have our refund in hand! This gave us some much needed freedom and allowed us to go and purchase some things that we needed!

This is mine and my husband's latest toy! I must admit, we really love our new camera! We got the Nikon CoolPix P510. It is going to be so versatile for us both! Not to mention, it will make for some awesome blog pictures!!!

This is a picture of my baby girl Precious! I'm so in love with my 13 pound kitty!!! 

This is my darling Chloe! She was actually my Valentine's Day present the year we got her! I love her to pieces!!! 

As you can see, we've already began to make the most of our new camera! I love taking photographs so this adventure is going to be well worth the investment!

This lovely photo is compliments of my dear hubby. He was playing with all the different settings and features on the camera when he figured out how to do this. I really love this picture! It was taken on our honeymoon in St. Louis the week after we got married in 2006!

I finally got on the bandwagon and got a tablet! I couldn't be happier with my purchase! I could never decide exactly which tablet I wanted until I seen this Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet at Wal-Mart. It was on a really great sale {as was our camera} and also came with a matching case! How could I say no? I mean, come on, it's garnet red ... which also happens to be my birthstone!

Other than the goodies above, we also got so much needed new clothes and a mattress and foundation set for my bed! My poor bed was long overdue for a new mattress!

After a long weekend of shopping and taking care of business, I was pleasantly surprised to come home to a package from my dear friend Miranda! I will be linking up all the goodies she sent to me tomorrow! I can't wait to share my package with everyone!!!

From my front porch to yours,

February 06, 2013

"And The Nominees Are ..."

Good Wednesday Morning to all my friends out there in bloggyland. I hope your week has been a great one so far! Mine has been pretty good and pretty rough all in the same toll. I haven't felt that great this week, but the show must go on!

I was pleasantly surprised to to read my comments this morning and find out that my friend Carolyn over at Prospective has nominated me for the Liebster Award! I am beyond excited!!!

What is the Liebster Award? 
The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who are fairly new to the blogging world with less than 200 followers. The award is then passed along to other bloggers of the same criterion.
 Here are the rules for receiving this award:
  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.
  5. No tag backs
11 {Random} Things About Me ...

  1. I love my cowboy boots! 
  2. I have a heavy southern drawl! 
  3. I enjoy scrapbooking in my spare time. I don't do it much anymore, but I wish I still did! 
  4. I'm afraid of snakes! Big time!
  5. I have never lived outside of the state of Tennessee. 
  6. I'm addicted to Coke!!!!! 
  7. I've had low self-esteem issues all my life ... I'm working on it though ;)
  8. I'm a lover of University of Kentucky football! Go Cats!! 
  9. I love to cook!! Yum-Yum! 
  10. My daddy gave me the nickname "Frog" when I was little. I still answer to it today! 
  11. I have been in love with my hubby since I was like 15'ish! 

11 Questions ...
  1. What is your favorite book?       
    I love the book "Flirting with Forty" by Jane Porter and "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult.  
  2. Are you a cat or dog person?
    I love both! It would be too hard for me to pick. I have a tabby/calico mix named Precious and a basset hound named Chloe! I love them like they are my children!
  3. Where do you see your self in ten years?
    I'd love to be in a bigger house and out of debt! As for my blog, I hope to be well established by then and helping others achieve their dreams!
  4. What is your favorite form of social networking?I love to catch up with all the happenings via Facebook. I pretty much have all my blogging friends on there. It's nice to get a glimpse into their lives outside their blog.
  5. What are you most excited about in 2013?
    I am excited for my husband's job role change. He has worked really hard to get to where he is today, and our family is really going to benefit from it! I'm also excited that I get to blog everyday and truly do something that I love! I'm thankful for that every morning when I wake up!
  6. What is your favorite Holiday?
    My favorite holiday is a toss up between Christmas and Halloween.
  7. Do you prefer coffee, tea, or neither?
    I prefer tea over coffee. I'm more of a hot chocolate kinda girl instead of coffee! Yuck!
  8. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
    I enjoy catching up on other blogs when I have time or curling up on the couch with my honey and watching a good movie!
  9. Do you have any weird habits?
    Weird habits ... let me see. I drink a Coke pretty much every morning to give me a boost! Does that count? I never make meatloaf the same way twice. We keep our Reese's Cups in the fridge. Oh yeah, I bowl backhanded!
  10. What's your favorite smell?
    Hands down ... Honeysuckle!!!
  11. How many siblings do you have?
    I have 2 siblings ... both are older brothers!

And now, for my 11 questions ...
  1. What is your #1 pet-peeve? 
  2. Who is your biggest inspiration? 
  3. What is the best part about blogging {in your opinion}?
  4. What blogs do you read everyday?
  5. What are your must watch TV shows?
  6. What is something you could not live without? 
  7. Do you have any children?
  8. What is one thing you want to do before you die? 
  9. Describe yourself in one word. 
  10. What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? 
  11. What is something you wish you owned but never have?       

I Nominate Thee ...

  1. Kelsey @ Keeping Up With Kelsey
  2. Laura @ Calm Delight
  3. Bethany @ The Classy Bee
  4. Lauren @ Tennessee Honey
  5. Beth @ Shug in Boots
  6. Kathy @ Sparkles and a Stove
  7. Miranda @ Our Nesting Place
  8. DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
  9. Cortney @ Autumn Sunsets
  10. Rachel @ Floral & Fudge
  11. Chloe @ Rainbows @ Honeysuckle

Congrats to everyone receiving a nomination!!!

From my front porch to yours,

February 04, 2013

Monday Blues & Funnies {with pics}

Heidi-Ho to all my lovely bloggy friends. Another Monday is here yet again. Oh, how this weekend just flew by. How was your weekend? Ours was full of running and chaos! We spent Saturday with friends preparing for the boys Pinewood Derby Race for Scouts, and Sunday was our 7 year wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I'm pooped as another Monday rears its head into my southern sky.

How did you spend your weekend? Did you watch the Superbowl? We did. I must say, it was amusing. I wish the commercials would have been a little better. I guess the biggest highlight for me was seeing the trailer for the new Fast & Furious 6! I have waited so long for the sequel that no one believed they were making! 

As for the actual game, there was some great moments. I thought it was absolutely grand when all the lights went out! I don't know if we had more fun listening to the game announcers trying to figure out what was going on or reading everyone's Facebook posts!


Then, of course, there was the rivalry between brothers.

And last but not least, the Beyonce performance. I wasn't very impressed. Yep, that's all I'm going to say on that one!

In the words of the MLB League ...

And now ... For your Monday funnies ...

Have a GREAT Monday everyone! I'll catch y'all tomorrow!

From my front porch to yours,

February 03, 2013

Catch Me @ Kelsey's Place!

Good Sunday Morning Everyone! I'm taking a break from Southern Sundays this week and spending the day over at Kelsey's Place! You can go get the behind the scene's scoop on my beginnings and find out why I blog by visiting her at Keeping Up With Kelsey.

Today is also a very special day for me. If you follow me on Facebook, you have probably already noticed that today is mine and my hubby's 7th Wedding Anniversary! I'm so excited about that! We will be celebrating in style by partaking in a Superbowl Party at our friend Jacob's house. It's kinda fun having your Anniversary fall on Superbowl weekend ... it gives you an excuse to throw an awesome party!!

I'll catch ya tomorrow and look forward to reading some fabulous posts about your Superbowl Weekends!

From my front porch to yours,

February 02, 2013

Special Guest Post with My Girl Kelsey!

Happy Saturday everyone! I have a very dear friend of mine, Kelsey, stopping over from her blog to do a little front porch sitting with y'all today! Please give her a great big ole Country Life Welcome and be sure to stop by her blog! She's fun and full of creativeness and just a doll to talk too!

Take it away Kelsey ... 

Hello there readers! My name's Kelsey and I blog over at Keeping Up With Kelsey. I've gotten to know Demi over the past couple of months and she's such a sweetie! The best part, I LOVE spending time with her on her front porch. There's always room for more buddies, we love to just sit around relax, tell stories and laugh at each others stories. She's really become a friendship I've loved to watch grow and I cannot wait to see what her porch has in store for the future!

A little bit about me, well, I grew up on a farm in small town Nebraska. Went to college for Agriculture (yup, they have colleges for that stuff), finished that degree and then started working at an Investment Firm. I felt that I needed a business degree so I started on one. Just now finishing it up, four years and two degrees later... Through it all I found a boy I kinda started getting attached to. His name is Travis, you'll hear a lot about him if you follow me. He lived straight north down the road from my parents about six or seven miles. We decided we kinda like each other a lot so after three years of hanging out exclusively we still going strong. Moved north seven miles and I've lived there ever since!

I'm an organizing freak, a self-proclaimed OCDer, an attempted DIY'er, and an avid couponer. I like to play outside in my garden, read a book or cook when I have a little bit of free time. I've been a believer in the Lord since I was a baby and I believe that volunteering is SUPER rewarding so I find myself in charge of the area youth group, teaching polka dance lessons to teenagers, finding any way to help out the local community and playing in a band with fellow community members in the summer (ya, I'm a band nerd). 

Since we live on a farm I often find myself falling in love with the new babies that are born each year, we have a ton of cows, some ponies, a couple kitties and of course, no farm is complete without an old hound barkin all night! Right now we're calving so it's kind of exhausting but the babies are so precious. But, I'd have to admit, my all time favorite part about the farm is the actual farming. Working the ground, planting seeds, spraying the tiny seedlings to keep pesky weeds away, watering in hopes that the drought doesn't kill off our money-makers and then getting to harvest those crops to find a profit is fun for me. I always post a "farming on the four's" post on my blog to keep my followers informed about what's going on around the homestead. 

Couponing, well that's a big one for me! I really never had a "I need to stop spending" moment, I'd say it's a way of life I've just learned since I was a little squirt. Anymore, I look at it as a fun challenge. Since I'm with my farm boy he's constantly busy so I find myself alone a lot. Finding yourself alone means finding a hobby, mine's saving money. Best part, I'm not spending money on my hobby. Bonus!

I love to find a good Pinterest project and attempt to re-create it. You'll find a couple on my blog, also I'm working on my list of 101 in 1001. The basic run down of it is this: you find 101 things you want to accomplish in the next 2 1/2 years and you cross them off one by one. I'm slowly getting some finished up but with the summer coming up I'm hoping to accomplish a ton more! Wish me luck!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little bit, if you like me (or find me hilariously weird) swing on over to my blog and keep up with me! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 
From my front porch to yours,

February 01, 2013

{About Me} from A to Z

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a Fabulous Friday! Today, I wanted to share a little "get to know me" post. I have read several posts like this on other blogs. I think it is a really neat and creative way to get the inside scoop behind your favorite bloggers!

So, this week, I will be taking a break from my normal H54F post and shaking things up a little bit! Be sure to stay tuned after this week's post to find out who was the winner of my very first giveaway with Kenli Bows! I am so excited to make the announcement!! 

I'd like to give a shout-out to Andrea over at {Mostly} Happenstance for sharing this on her blog! Be sure to stop by and pay her a visit!

A - Available or married?  Married {He's my high school sweetie! We are celebrating 7 years of marriage on Sunday!}
B - Book?  I don't have anything on my reading list currently. I love "Flirting with Forty" by Jane Porter and "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult.
C - Cake or Pie?  I love both, honestly! Strawberry Cake and Chocolate Pie
D - Drink of Choice?  Definitely Coke! It's like coffee to me!! 
E - Essential Item?  My HTC Droid Incredible 4G and my laptop
F - Favorite Color?  It's a toss-up: Purple and Pink
G - Game to play or watch?  Monopoly
H - Hometown?  Rutherford, TN
I - Indulgence?  I love to sleep in and can't resist Reese's Mini-Cups and a Coke {even though I'll get heartburn}
J - Job?  I just blog. I hope to make a career out of it! 
K - Kids and names?  I have one son who is currently 10. His name is Logan. 
L - Life is incomplete without?  I couldn't live without my family, friends, my dog and my cat!
M - Music group or singer?  My favorite bands are Matchbox 20 and 3 Doors Down. I also love Reba and Garth. Got to get back to those good ole country roots... Then again, there's Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and a ton more :)
N - Number of siblings?  I have two older brothers; one of which watches over me from Heaven
O - Oranges or apples?  Hrmm.. I guess apples.
P - Phobias/Fears?  I absolutely hate snakes. Period! I'm also afraid of death. I don't want to grow old and die. It makes me cry just to think about it. 
Q - Favorite Quote?  "You'll either get over it or get under it. One of the two."
R - Reason to Smile?  The fact that I wake up each day to my hubby and my baby boy. I also can't forget those other 5 rugrats that call me Dee-Dee. I'd be one unhappy camper without them. 
S - Season?  I like Summertime but any season suits me. There's something great about them all! 
T - Tattoos?  I'd love to have one but I'm way too chicken to get one. I don't like pain at all!! 
U - Unknown fact about me?  I'm really shy and I have a lot of talent. I don't have a great confidence in myself and I'm always judging myself and being too hard on myself. Just ask my husband!! {I'm working on this though... never fear!}
V - Vegetable you love?  I love any vegetables really. 
W - Worst habit?  I drink way to many sodas and I don't take care of myself like I should sometimes. 
X - X-Rays you've had?  I've had a few X-Rays on my leg from when I was younger. That's it! 
Y - Your favorite food?  Um, dang, you would ask me something hard at the end, lol! My favorite food is chicken. I make a lot of awesome crockpot meals with chicken. 
Z - Zodiac?  Capricorn  :)

Be sure to leave a link to your blog in the comments if you share this on your blog, and I'll stop by and check it out! 

Drum Roll Please ...... 

The winner of the Kenli Bows Giveaway is 

Belinda Burton

Congratulations to Belinda and Thank You to everyone who entered helping make my first giveaway fun and successful!!

From my front porch to yours,

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