{Personal, Business & Blogging} Goals For August


1.) A real date-night with the hubs at least once. We typically grab a bite to eat but that’s usually the extent of it. A couple of weeks ago we  went to dinner, done a little window shopping and went to a movie. It was really nice to spend that one-on-one time with him.

2.) Complete the laundry closet/hallway facelift.

3.) Stick to our budget. I am determined to get us 100% debt-free ASAP. But it’s hard. It’s really, really hard when you want to enjoy the now in life.

4.) Pay at least an extra $100 towards our debt.

5.) Get a hair-cut. I’ve been cheap long enough and it’s time to get this mop shaped back up.


Business {Origami Owl}:

1.) Host at least 1 Jewelry Bar.

2.) Sales of at least $250.

3.) Order new displays for my necklaces and bracelets. While on vacation our precious Jake found them and used them as chew toys.

4.) Stock-up on the new fall catalog.

5.) Set up a booth at Trade Day to get my name out there.

For more information about placing an order, hosting a party or becoming a Designer click here or shoot me an email (tonilandrus@yahoo.com)



1.) As you may have noticed, I have slacked ALOT this summer with blogging. But hey, it’s summer-time. The kids are out of school. Schedules are thrown out the window. We are just winging it, literally. So my #1 blogging goal for this month is to get back on track…publishing post at least 3 days a week.

2.) Increase my Facebook fans. If you are not already a fan of BIA, you can click here and become one today! And while you’re at it…share the page with your FB friends.

3.)  Plan a local blogger meet-up. I had thrown the idea out there to a few locals and they seemed really interested in the idea. I guess the thing holding me back is…once we meet up, what do we do? Do we have an agenda? Or just dinner and small-talk?

4.) Reach 500 pageviews.

5.) Link-up to at least 20 link parties.


Setting goals can be really helpful. It’s like an extension of your daily to-do list…things that you want to accomplish. It doesn’t have to be something large and extravagant. I mean seriously…one of my goals is to get a hair-cut. Who does that? It’s like setting a goal that I’m going to eat today. Really!?

Do you set monthly goals? Please share some of your goals with me…I’d love to hear about them.

The Sunday Social

Today I am linking up with Ashley over at Ashley Lately for The Sunday Social. Today’s randoms questions all have to do with the #3.

Social Sunday

1.) 3 favorite songs right now?


2.) 3 favorite movies that remind you of summer?

  • I’m going to have to pass on this question. I’m not much of a movie person and I definitely don’t know of a movie that would remind me of summer. (I tried).

3.) 3 favorite articles of clothing you own?

  • This is another one that I am going to have to pass. I found this link-up at the last minute and did not have the time to model my clothing and take pics. I promise to do better next week.

4.) 3 items on your wish list?

  • A new laptop. Most definitely.
  • Dining Room Table.
  • New flooring throughout our home.

5.) 3 books you would recommend to someone?

  • Calm My Anxious Heart.
  • The Purpose-Driven Life.
  • Anything written by John Maxwell.

Have a great Sunday!

$125 and a Blogiversary (but not mine)!

It’s a giveaway! And a Blogiversary for Logan Can…!

I am excited to announce that today I am joining in with Logan Can… for her 2-year blogiversary and giveaway for $125 in Paypal cash! Can I get a HOLLA?! Check it out below on how you could be the one walking away with some extra dough!! And leave me a comment below and tell what you’d do with the money.


I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 2 years! Time has flown. I am so grateful to all of my followers and friends that I’ve made through doing this. I have enjoyed it so much because of the wonderful community and people I have met along the way. Your comments seriously make my day!

With the help from a few friends, I am bringing you a giveaway to win $125 of Paypal Cash to celebrate! Everyone gets one free entry so be sure to enter! I will choose one winner randomly using the rafflecopter. Please note that I will check entries. If your name is selected and you did not follow the way you say you did, I will choose another winner.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


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Authentic Friendships…We All Need Them

Several months ago I attended a class on Sunday evening with the same very special lady that had done the Calm My Anxious Heart book study.

Let me tell you guys. She is inspiring. encouraging. and motivating. And I have grown so much personally and spiritually because of her.

She is also a blogger over on her little corner of the world-wide-web…Blessings Beyond The Barnyard.

Now back about the class. The class didn’t really have a format. We were going to do personality test. Tell our life-story (how much ever we felt comfortable sharing). There were several churches represented and we just gathered and learned and shared together as women.

Week 5 is when most of us shared our stories. And let me tell you what I learned. We are all hurting. We all have a story. None of our stories were the same but we were all hurting.

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God has given us brothers and sisters so we don’t have to go through life alone. Life is hard. And we need to have authentic friendships to make it through.

So many times it’s hard to have friendships with women. Because women can be mean. Women can be vicious. Women will slice and dice you the first chance they get. And I’ve been guilty of it myself. We all have. But let’s end it now. All the gossip, the back-stabbing, the slandering. It’s no good for any of us.

It’s okay to not be friends with everyone. But let’s be nice to everyone. And it’s okay if we don’t invite everyone over for dinner. But let’s go out of our way to help someone else in need.

We need women we can talk to and trust. Because being a woman can be hard at times…and only other women understand.

We all need authentic friendships.


Do you have authentic friendships? I am working on building more authentic, intentional friendships myself.


Work. Chores. Repeat. Work. Chores. Repeat.

Do you ever feel like you’re running on a treadmill? No change of scenario. Just the same ole’ thing…everyday.

Lately, I have. And obviously so have a lot of my fellow friends.

How did we end up in this rut? Getting comfortable and lazy with our lives. And instead of truly living, we are living in what I call survival mode.

Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you been there? Are you there now?

Well, I’m here to tell you (and myself)…there is more to life than work and chores. All week long I work. Go home. Do household chores. And repeat. Monday thru Friday…that is my life.

Sad. I know.
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So…a week or so ago our local drive-in (Henagar Drive-In Theater) had a customer appreciation night. They were playing Transformer 4. It was free. The kicker…it was on a Tuesday night. And it started at roughly 8:30. And the movie itself was 2 hours and 45 minutes long. And my alarm clock would be going off at approxiamately 5:25 a.m. the following morning.

Needless to say, I gathered the boys and their friends and we went and watched Transformer 4. On a Tuesday night. It may have been after midnight before I was snug in my bed but we did it. We had a good time and it didn’t kill me.

My point in saying all this is…my mind was telling me not to go to the movie. That I would get home late. And I would be extremely ill the following day at work.

But I did. And it felt good to get out of our usual routine.

Go out and try something new. Do something different. Just do something besides the usual…work and chores. It makes for a much better life.

And in the end we are all happier.


Do you ever get in a rut? What do you do to get yourself out of it? Please share, I’d love to hear from you.


Did you think I was gone for good?

Did you think I was gone for good? It’s summer-time at my house and that makes for long and busy days.

We’ve spent every chance we could at the lake. soaking up the sun. listening to music. That’s what we love to do!

We are getting ready to take a family vacation to Orange Beach, AL for a week and I am beyond ready.

Have I told you lately how much I love my family. They are my rock. And my husband is absolutely the best.

I have really been rocking my Origami Owl business and am so excited to be on this journey. I woke up the other morning to 3 FB messages of strangers interested in ordering. How awesome is that?!

My oldest will be getting his braces off tomorrow! He is going to love his pearly whites!

My husband has a friend that tends to forget he has a wife and sends him inappropriate text saying…you need to be here, there’s a** everywhere and hey man, you wanna come have a beer with me. i’m with my girl and some of her hot-a** friends are here. Yeah. Luckily, my hubby knows where his bread is buttered and is not interested but seriously dude, have a little respect before you lose your friend.

I have been such a slacker when it comes to church. I am there every Sunday teaching the 1st graders in Children’s Church but I am not sure the last time I have actually made it to early service  :(  I need to get better about this…I feel like I am sliding.

I noticed the other day my oldest (14 y.o.) has some arm-pit hair coming in. Holy cow! What do I do? Do I do anything? Say anything? Yikes. I don’t know what to say to boys.

Work has been slow but is starting to pick up and I am so not motivated. I am ready for my vacation!

Until next time…



Decisions and Dreams.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to sign up to become a 31 Independent Consultant. That continued for about 3 years. I earned  extra money, got tons of bags and loved it. When we bought our first house I called it quits to focus on making our new house a home.

Fast forward to now.

Several weeks ago a lady had brought Origami Owl to my attention. I didn’t think much about but did know a couple things…

  1. there are not a lot of Designers in the area.
  2. I only know of 1 person that has ever purchased OO.
  3. OO is a fairly new direct sales company.

So I went to my go-to friend…Google…and looked up Origami Owl. I read about it. Browsed Designers Facebook pages. And even decided to email a lady that I had come across while on FB.

She was awesome. Responding immediately to my emails even though she was out-of-town. She had my excitement building. I day-dreamed about being successful. about building a huge team of my own. about having jewelry bars at least once a week.

But now here I am…wondering, second-guessing myself. Do I have time for this? Would anyone even be interested? Is this about me or Him?

Ugh. I am not a decision maker. I see all my dreams coming true with something like this. But I also see failure.

#decisions #whatshouldido

Confused. Overwhelmed.

Lately I have been trying to be patient. Waiting on His timing and His purpose for my life.

Although, at times I feel like a sitting duck and that I should be out there exploring.

I don’t know what I want. I have a vision of what I think I want. But is it what God wants.

I’m confused. Overwhelmed at times. And feel like I need to hurry up and do whatever it is that He wants me to do. #tiredofwastingtime

What is that exactly? I don’t know.

With a family and a full-time job…I feel limited to what I can do.

Does anyone else feel this way?

I’m continuing to pray about it and hoping in the end all I’ve done is glorified Him.






We Tied The Knot…And About The Past Month

So it’s been nearly a month since my last post. I know…S-L-A-C-K-E-R. But I’m okay with it. So much has happened the past month and I have just been enjoying it.

1.) WE FINALLY TIED THE KNOT. And then spent the weekend in Gatlinburg. We have been together for 6 1/2 years. Lived together 5 years. Bought our 1st car 2 1/2 years ago. Bought our first home a year ago. Adopted our first 4-legged child 8 months ago. And our second 4-legged child 6 months ago. So I think it was time. Plus, the man upstairs had really been convicting me for several months about our situation…I plan to write about that in another post.

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Fun Food Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

If you are like me, about the only thing that happens on St. Patrick’s Day is I try to wear a little green. And that’s about it. Pretty lame, huh?. But this year I am going to spice it up a bit and have a little food fun by making something special.

Check out these fun ideas that I found while searching for St. Patty’s Day food…{click on the images for more details}

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{Shamrock Rice Krispy Treats}

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