Christmas Shopping… Help! Sonja Ruehle To The Rescue


Well, the holidays are acomin’ and that means…SHOPPING FOR GIFTS!!! We all know that time flies during the holiday season so I have an early gift for you.









My friend  Sonja Ruehle is holding a couple of open houses with various products such as Mary Kay make-up and skin care, handmade jewelry, and Nikken.

There will be refreshments, fellowship, and Christmas wrapping will be included for your gifts to be delivered to your home or business!

Open houses are:

December 5 from eleven to one pm


December 6  from two to four pm

Time to start checking some items off your list! Contact Sonja Ruehle for more details and you’re welcome! ;) Happy shopping!

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A Navy Veteran Betrayed By Her Family Needs Your Help!


Yesterday I was notified by my mother that a friend of hers from high school, a Navy veteran, was now living in her car. Why? Here is Beverly Lebr Moody’s story according to a Mimi Devereaux who along with Georgette Whatley created a Go Fund Me page for her.

“Bev is a veteran of the US Navy, a longtime Conroe resident, and a proud member of the 1976 Bicentenniel class of Conroe High School.  In her military service she served on the front lines, and for a period of years she has continued to serve as a civilian, working for the Department of Defense.  During her employment she was assigned to work in Afghanistan, and has been sent there 9 times, including a stint during Operation Enduring Freedom.  Bev is proud of her skills with an M16, and has thrown over 200 hand grenades.

We have all experienced great highs and lows in our lives, and Bev is no exception.  She is very proud of her service to our country, and considers this to be a great achievement.   Sadly, she has now fallen upon the hardest of hard times, living through a series of events that would cause Job himself to exclaim, “Are you serious?!  That too?!”

While overseas on her last, and final trip, the unthinkable happened.  Bev left vital documents and financial information with those she deemed closest to her.  Afghanistan is a dangerous place for anyone, and more so for an American woman, so in the event of her death or some other emergency, she felt her loved ones would need to access her accounts.

And access they did, indeed.

Bev’s term with the Department of Defense concluded, she returned to the US to find that those she most trusted had relieved her of her funds.  Thus began a series of disasters, one domino falling on the next.

Currently Bev is in Virginia Beach, VA, living in her car, as all the local shelters are full.  This car needs extensive repairs, so she is on foot.  Churches provide her with meals that Bev warms in a convenience store microwave.  She is dealing with a chronic, and embarrassing health issue, and is panhandling to have the immediate cash she needs for necessary hygienic supplies.   Also , when Bev last went to the Middle East she stored all her personal belongings, but the lot was auctioned when she was unable to pay the monthly fee.

In a similar situation you or I would most likely go to our loved ones for help, but needless to say, in this situation that is not an option.  As you would certainly expect, there is currently no relationship between Bev and those who betrayed her.

So it falls upon us, fellow Tigers, Conroe citizens, former military, and others who, like Bev,  are generous and caring, to be her soft place to fall.

It is vital that we don’t delay in accomplishing several things:
1) Arrange for her shelter and safety,
2) Repair her car (iF FEASIBLE, considering the extent of the repairs),
3) Get her back on the road to health, and
4) Arrange for her return to Texas, where she has more job opportunities, and already an offer of a roof over her head.
Any remaining funds donated would be put towards beginning to replace necessary items that were lost to the auction.

A local account has been established, and donations will be administered by two fellow ’76 Conroe Tigers, Georgette Whatley and Mimi Devereaux.   Your donation is safe with us, and disbursements will be carefully monitored.

Bev has always been kind and giving, and there are those who have benefitted from her  generosity at some point, and were completely unaware that she was the source.  It’s time we returned the favor.

Can you believe this??? Her own family… The good news is that thanks to Mimi Devereaux and Georgette Whatley’s efforts and those who were kind enough to donate so far, the goal of $5,000 was reached and surpassed. However, I ask you to please SHARE this post and the Go Fund Me Page  so that those who can donate can continue to raise funds for her. Beverly’s story is starting over and the more we can give her,  the better chance she has of having a happy ending. Give what you can and thank you for reading. It shows you care.


Enjoying Being A Girl With Jamberry

  • I have not been paid to promote this product. I just happen to like it and believe in helping smaller businesses ;)


Sometimes a girl just needs to spoil herself a little. What’s better than a nice manicure to look stylish and professional? Thanks to Christa from Jamberry, I am feeling like a million bucks!


Christa, who is pretty fabulous herself, sent me a sample kit to try out the Jamberry sensation everyone keeps talking about. The sample kit includes three strips of different nail designs and the instructions on how to apply them. Here is her site if you want to see what Christa offers and also get to know her a little better.

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In my kit, I had the choice of zebra, leopard, or a cute prep school design. I chose the prep plaid look as I love pink and soft tones. The process was pretty easy and the wrap is really light on my nail and morphs perfectly! I took a pic showing my nail before and my pointer finger with the new design.


Loving it! I checked out Christa’s site to look at the other designs and there are so many different styles. Best of all are the facts below. I don’t know about you, but I hate it when my nails chip. I pay all that money for a manicure and after one day of work it’s ruined. That’s not a problem with these!


I told Christa that I love the product and that I wanted to share her site with all of you. She was thrilled and also wanted me to let you know that the new fall catalog releases September 1st with a new gel kit, Jamberry TruShine and new deals for parties! Just like me, you can receive a sample kit FREE to try it out for yourself.


Christa, does supply samples, and you will get a free pedicure for Buy 3 Get 1 Free orders. You can also get a free Manicure for booking an online party. Who doesn’t schedule spa days with their friends once in a while?


Come on girls! Call up the besties, schedule a party, get some sweet treats, mamosas and just have some girl time that ends with laughs and pretty spectacular nails! Also smile at the fact that you’ll be helping a young woman/awesome mom in business. Have fun and be sure to send me pics of your new style!

Who Wants To Plan A Wedding?

  • This is a work of creative nonfiction. The events are portrayed to the best of my memory. While all the stories in this blog post are true, some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of the people involved.

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I do! I do!

A couple of months ago I went over to a neighbor’s house to visit. The neighbor’s daughter was visiting and asked me what I was planning for my life. I told her that eventually I wanted to go into event planning, but mostly wedding planning. I had worked with a couple of event planners and enjoyed the creativity behind it, as well as the magic of making a bride’s vision and dream come true with a memory that would last a lifetime!

My neighbor’s daughter smiled and then completely shocked me.

“My daughter just got engaged. Would you be her wedding planner?”

I was speechless for at least five minutes, which if you know me, is a personal record.

“Well, I’ve never planned a wedding on my own…I’ve only helped to coordinate the day of. I could speak with my boss and see if she could hel…”

“No, I’d like you to do it. I understand you’re new at it, but I believe you would do a good job.”

“Tha…thank you. I would love to!” I stopped myself, “Of course, only if your daughter feels comfortable with me. It is her day after all.”

The mother agreed and a few weeks later I met with the BTB (Bride to Be) and GTB (Groom to Be) and asked them what they envisioned for their wedding. They were very friendly, laid back and explained how they wanted a rustic wedding. Nothing too fancy.

I offered some suggestions for decor and showed the couple a binder with a step by step timeline by month. We checked off a few things already decided and I gave her the binder to keep for her own ideas and notes. I had my own. We then spoke a bit more just getting to know each other and I finally asked her…

“So, do you think you’d like me as your wedding planner?”

“Yes! I would like that.”

I couldn’t believe it! I had my first wedding client and immediately I started my research on her venue of choice and set up an appointment to meet with the manager there to look over the space.

…I’ll stop here for now. I plan to share fun details of her wedding with you as we go and can’t wait for you to see the final product! I’ve been so blessed to be given this chance and I’m doing my best to make sure it’s worth it to my clients. Hope you guys like following along and more to come!


DREAM REPORT: Dream Came True For Mike Fiers

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Well sports fans, here’s a special shared dream for you. Check this out!

Congrats to Mike Fiers for no-hits against the Dodgers in Houston to record the 11th no-hitter in Astros franchise history! I’m especially proud as this is my city’s team and it’s nice to see dreams come true so close to home. When he threw his glove up in the air after that last pitch…I saw a little boy in little league who dreamed of just that moment. The boy to the man and the dream to the reality.

Congrats again Mike Fiers! To my other Athlete dreamers, keep it up and I know your dream will come true soon too! We believe in you!

The Best Running App and Workout Plan Ever


Note: No one is paying me to advertise these apps…though they totally should ;)

So as a girl with PCOS, it’s important for me to find a workout that is both fun and effective. I will never be able to not workout due to the PCOS, so I might as well make the best of it. Still, I have never been much of an athlete or into exercise…I don’t like getting hot or sweating. So, what could I do?

Well getting up at 5 am to go running (or in my case fast walking) while it’s still cool works. I like being awake when everyone else is still asleep so I don’t have to worry about curious or judgmental eyes. (Note: Girls, if running alone, bring pepper spray and a whistle) I tried just running to music, but it didn’t make anything exciting. Then I came across an app on iTunes that caught my interest.

When you’re a person with a huge imagination like me; you can easily feel like you’re starring in your own Zombie film…and dreamers, it rocks! It’s so much fun and I’m not even a big zombie/horror person. Still I feel like it’s actually happening with it still being dark that early in the morning and Zombie noises growing louder. I have a bad knee from a dance accident years ago, so I can only power walk for now ( I’ll work up to a jog, when the knee is stronger), but I do this for an hour, not including warm-up!

In my sweaty glory as the sun comes up.

In my sweaty glory as the sun comes up.

Then I head to the pool to also walk and actually jog for one hour using another app…


Running and jogging in the water is supposed to be more difficult, but it’s easier on my joints (so jogging is safe here). I make sure to stretch again and then using the C25K app, I do another hour workout while cooling down in the water. So nice! This one, I just played classical music in the background to relax.

Swimming is definitely my preferred exercise, but I need both to build up my strength and flexibility.

Swimming Workout

Did I mention both apps are free? Hope this motivates a few people and just have fun with it! Oh, and also be sure to drink water before and after each workout to stay hydrated and keep away nasty cramps! Till next time, KEEP DREAMING AND RUNNING FROM ZOMBIES!!

Dreamy Life Update

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Life is good fellow dreamers! I recently got a full-time job as an office administrator during the week, a weekend job as a photographer for a studio, and I have been chosen to plan two weddings for next year! My schedule is getting a bit tight, but life is pretty balanced right now. I have the stable job to pay bills with good hours, so I still have time for my creative projects on the side; as well as my other two jobs that are already in the creative department.

The awesomeness doesn’t stop there though! In the fall I will be taking a wedding planner certification course, which will be great for my resume as well as a good rep for whoever I work for in the event department. I love making special days for people and I can’t wait to do more! Later I’ll share the themes of the two weddings I’m planning, so you can see the creative process as we go through the year.

I’ve also found a workout plan that suits me and feels great! I’ve been using this seriously fun app for those who still hold an imagination and like to run or at least walk fast (like me) and and another workout that cools you off at the same time. More on that later!

I hope your year is going well and either you’re making your dreams come true or you’re just rockin’ it on your journey!

Keep dreaming and keep checking back for more!