Blue Sparrow Updates

Whew! It’s hard to believe I posted my first post on April 1st of this year. What a crazy ride it’s already been! I was so honored to be asked by FW Weekly to write a blog for them after Eric Griffey had seen just two of my post. He probably deeply regrets that decision now! To see my latest blog post with the FW Weekly, click here. And thank you so much Eric for putting up with me!

I had a gorgeous logo designed by Marcie Finney Designs, who is also the owner of Mustard Seed Jewelry, which I am also happy to offer on my blog.

And having said that… Josh over at Made In Fort Worth is working diligently at giving The Blue Sparrow Blog a make over, and very soon it will be very easy to purchase Mustard Seed Jewelry from this site!

And finally… the last member of the team came on today. Kristen Ballard with FWemedia. I am so looking forward to working with her. Please, please PLEASE do me a solid and sign up to receive my blog via email. Simply get on your computer {it won’t work from your phone} and sign up to follow my blog via email. This not only helps me, but it will help you be pre-registered for giveaways, and who doesn’t love FREE, yes I said FREE stuff. You still have time to sign up for tomorrow’s giveaway.

#doitnow #pleaseandthankyou

 

Win it Wednesday’s: Mary & Martha

I have some of the most generous friend’s I know. Yes, all of the sudden I’m Oprah. But unlike Oprah I’m not going to pretend I’M the one giving all this stuff away. It is through the great generosity of those around me that I am able to offer these great things to you!

My amazing friend Caroline was introduced to me by Thavone. She is French and German and I love her. I love her kindness. Her willingness to do anything for anyone in need. She speaks three languages {that I know of} and her accent is truly adorable. Anyone in need of hiring a gifted translator? She’s your girl. She has about 23 businesses, so I totally relate to her on that level as well.

One of those 23 is repping a line called Mary & Martha. I had never heard of it until Caroline ask if she might drop a few things off and give me something and give the readers of my blog something.

I’m not going to lie, she had me at “you get to keep the pitcher that is a lovely vase.” I love any and all things free. A cheeseburger? HELL YES. A gorgeous pitcher and vase, DUH. OF COURSE. So… if you want to give me something or give me something to give away, the answer is yes.

Caroline also has two precious children and I am always thrilled to see them, and so are my boys. She came over with the kids, and that was truly a gift of its own. Luke thinks her son Darius hung the moon. That kid is amazing. Smart. Talented. Sweet.

Caroline came over with a ton of stuff for me to look at {cause let’s face it, it’s more fun to actually be able to put your hands on things instead of looking at a catalog, and considering I can make walking through an airport a shopping experience, this was fabulous}.

One of the things she brought over to show me was the Ampersand Tray, $138. It’s a hostess favorite and she went on to tell me more things about it, but I quickly said, “I’ll take it!” And threw it on my coffee table.


Caroline, I’ll write you a check when you pick up the rest of your amazing things, although I think I want to purchase it all, so just come over to visit and pick up a check 🙂

This beautiful piece can be used on your coffee table, as a tray, it even has hooks so you can hang it on your wall. It’s sturdy and durable {a must with two boys and now a puppy… more on that later…} and it’s versatile and beautiful.

Mary and Martha is all about entertaining with beautiful things and the company is christian and faith-based. Here is a basket {that I must also have} of goodies they offer.

I mean seriously… How fun is that?! I LOVE these nesting baskets! Here is the description from the catalogue…

“Available in Small, Medium, and Large, our Nested Baskets adapt to any need. Line the small one with our tea towels to serve muffins or dinners rolls, or use it to corral remotes and coasters on your coffee table. Use the medium one for keeping magazines handy, or try it for countertop organization – we like it for displaying a pile of pretty cloth napkins or sorting mail. The large one keeps newspapers in an orderly stack, makes a great catch-all for your throw blankets, or stacks rolled towels neatly in your bathroom. The possibilities are endless!”

Indeed they are. I feel like I need more than one of each size… The Small is $36, and is approximately 11″ square and 3.5 hight. The Medium is $46, Approximately 14″ square and 5″ high, and the Large is 15.5″ square and 5.5″ high.

Other items in this basket are the “Gather Together with GRATEFUL hearts” cake topper, $18. Oh my goodness is this adorable… I should have taken a better picture… You’ll have to trust me, or maybe I’ll find a link. I found it!!! Okay, simply click here to shop all products. http://www.mymaryandmartha.com/repurpose

The cute green diamond food containers… Oh my goodness they have tons of adorable food containers for all of your baked goods. Such a perfect touch for sending out baked treats this holiday season. You can mix and match from lots of adorable sizes, prints and patterns. Choose two sets for $20, three for $22, or four for $24. There is a space for you to write your own personal message on top. Adorbs.

And that gorgeous Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher, $36. That… can be yours. Caroline has generously offered to give one away to one lucky follower! This is a gorgeous pitcher that serves as a vase as well. Here is mine with a simple Central Market bouquet.


I thought given what my last post was about… This would be the perfect giveaway this week. So… what do you have to do to win this Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher? 

You simply have to comment down below and tell me what brings you grace, or what are you grateful for? I am grateful for my family, and I am glad that God shows me grace everyday. 

Thank you for reading.

xoxoxo

Samantha “Sweet Sammie J” Volmert

On February 29th I woke up, stretched, turned my alarm off, and started mindlessly scrolling Facebook. I came across several “I’m so sorry, what a terrible tragedy” type post in my newsfeed about a friend  from high school. Of course I naturally went straight to her page trying to figure out what in the world had gone so terribly wrong.

I remember frantically scrolling down and then gasping out loud. Tears sprung out and ran down my cheeks and face.

I hadn’t spoken to Keri in years, but we definitely keep up on Facebook. We’d see something on each other’s page and comment, rarely sending the other a private message…

Keri was in my home room in high school. I was always amazed by her perfect clothes and make up. Especially since I am almost 40 and still cannot do eyeliner well.

Keri was the ultimate girly girl in high school. On Facebook I would comment that “some things never change.” I am so jealous of how great her hair and make up look every day, the  girl is on fleek. She also loves football and hunting, and she’s pretty much just amazing and awesome.

However, no matter how pretty you are, how much money you have, or who you know, tragedy strikes us all. It’s part of the human experience. And tragedy struck her on February 29th. Her are her own words…

“On February 28, 2016, I changed my precious baby into her tiny nightgown, wiped her snotty little nose, walked through the living room with her in my arms as she proudly said “night night” to her Daddy and big brother. I carried her up the stairs and placed her down in her beautiful crib that was made for a princess. She cried a little bit, and I walked out of the room knowing she would be asleep within two minutes as she always was. I never would have imagined that would be the last time I would see her alive. The desperation and screeching panic in my husband’s voice the next morning as he went to retrieve her from upstairs is something I will never forget. I was in the kitchen making coffee and as soon as he screamed “Keri” I knew something was terribly wrong. I froze and he yelled my name again as he ran down the upstairs hallway. “I think Sammie is dead.” I met him as he rushed down the stairs carrying our precious angel who just hours before had been so feisty and full of life. Attempts to resuscitate her did not work and she was pronounced dead fifty minutes later at the emergency room. Even though our upstairs thermostat was set on 72 degrees cool, the heater was blasting upstairs and it felt like a sauna. The temperature registered 99 degrees on our thermostat which was as high as it could go (meaning it was over 100 degrees.) Sammie died of hyperthermia. Doctors believe she never woke up or made a sound since children (until age 3 to 5) cannot regulate their own body temperature as older children and adults are able to do. Throughout our shock and disbelief, we have researched and found cases similar to ours. Upon preparing to become a mother, I read multiple books and stories on possible dangers that could harm babies and toddlers. I knew blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, etc. could be dangerous to babies before they were a year old. Both of mine slept in sleep sacks with an angel care breathing monitor until they were one. I was such a worrier and they both stayed in bassinets in our room until they were six months old. I wish I had once read about this. There is a cheap temperature monitor I could have had-would have had If I had heard of even one instance where a child could die by a heater not turning off like it is supposed to. Our son, Jackson, is three years old and had been sleeping in our bedroom downstairs for a year because he claimed monsters were in his room! Doctors said he would have likely died if he had been in his room. We want others(especially those with two-story homes) to hear Sammie’s story so that children can be protected and other families spared from the horrific grief we are forced to endure each day.”

Today they will celebrate Sammie’s second birthday as an angel in heaven. I cannot even imagine what Keri, Larry, and Jackson will have to endure today. I hope God holds them close in the palm of his hand as they release balloons with messages on them to their sweet baby angel in heaven.

I never met Sammie, but I feel like through Facebook that I got to “know” her. I “liked” every picture that I came across of her. She was always smiling, a lot of times with a halo of flowers on her beautiful crown of hair, and she was always eating something that I wished I had in front of me.

Keri, Larry, Jackson, and your family and friends, I am praying for you all. And I encourage anyone who reads this post to do the same.

In honor and loving memory of Samantha “Sweet Sammie J” Joyce Volmert.

My dad and his Fitbit

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xoxxoo

 

Win It Wednesday’s – R+F Eyecream

Are you aging? Do people tell you look “tired” every time you run into them at the grocery store and you don’t have make-up on? Are you a human? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be interested in this giveaway.

This week’s giveaway is Rodan + Fields multifunction eye cream. You can read more about the eyecream by clicking here. Or any of the products that the doctors that created ProActive have made for anti-aging here. The skin care is #1 in the world. That is above Estee Lauder, Clinic, Chanel, or any brand out there. Folks, this product is only available in the United States, Canada, and is just now available in Australia. And it’s number 1 in the entire world.

So, to get your hands on this amazing eyecream that retails for $62, and is better than any $300 cream out there. All you have to do to win this product is sign up to follow my blog via email, and in the comments below tell me why you need some cream! 

The winner will be drawn on Wednesday at 8 pm {cst}

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