{rtl} is under construction!

So, I change the look of my blog more than I post entries.

I can’t help it. I’ve been wanting to experiment with different layouts for a while now but haven’t had the guts. You see, I chose a layout when I started this thing in the early part of 2010. Since then I’ve never changed the “theme layout”. I’ve only ever customized this space with my limited CSS knowledge.

We’ll I guess you could say last night was the perfect storm. I was working on a print project and things weren’t going well. So, in between test prints and tears I was browsing the theme gallery. And then I did it. I don’t know why, I just did it. I clicked “Activate”.  What was I thinking? I knew I was doing it, I can’t say it was an accident.

So here I am, with a mish-mash of old theme and new without the block of time to get it just right. So I’ll be working little by little to get Restored to Life back to a place order. Thanks for sticking around!

molly mutt

Have you heard of Molly Mutt??

{Isn’t that logo seriously adorable?!} Want me to ask you another question? Anyways, We ran across Molly Mutt at Bluegrass Barkery and I was so intrigued. They sell a few other things but their specialty is dog bed duvets.

I know. Really, a dog duvet? I know it sounds snooty but listen to {read, watch?} how cool this is. It’s not just your average dog bed filled with that seriously synthetic fill.

What you do is get the “stuff sack” and fill it with whatever soft, ratty stuff you have around the house. 

Old pillows? Stuff them in. Worn out towels? Stuff them in. Soft, worn out clothing? Add it in too. Seriously anything goes! After you fill up the stuff sack you throw on the doggy duvet and you’re done!

Apparently these things are super durable and hold up great in the washer and dryer!  We’ve only ever gotten one dog bed for Gracie and the cover shredded in the wash the very first go around. Washing is an absolute must. And what I love about this is, if things inside need some extra cleaning, you can empty the sack into the wash since most of it {or all} are things that have already been washed in their previous life.

I didn’t intend to get two, but when I got on the Molly Mutt website they had this little “diy kit” and I couldn’t resist it.

One of the duvets is $35, not including the stuff sack.  With the kit, you get your stuff sack and two duvets {of your choice} for $72! Not bad in my book for two quality covers that can handle washing and drying. We got these…

The stuffing part should be a breeze because I just cleaned out my closet this weekend! I have tons of workout tees I don’t wear, lonesome socks and knit clothing too worn to donate. What goes in your Molly Mutt stuff sack, stays out of a landfill!

I can’t wait for these cute things to come in and to try them out. Well, I won’t be trying them out but you know what I mean.

I think somebody will approve…

**FYI: We would have gotten them from Bluegrass Barkery but the selection of patterns wasn’t as full. We all know patterns are important.

Spiced Tea

I’m a lover of heated drinks. All. Of. Them. This is one of my favorites that my mom has always {for as long as I can remember anyway} had around the house. It is soo yummy and perfect for winter nights.

Just store in an airtight container with a tablespoon and you’ll be set!

Spiced Tea {I think it’s really called Friendship Tea}
1 c. Instant Tea {not sweetened}
2 c. Tang
1 sm pkg. of Lemonade Mix
1 1/2 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Allspice

Combine all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container.  Use 2 tablespoons per cup of hot water {I boil the water in a kettle and pour over mix in mug}, or to taste. Stir well. Place a cinnamon stick in each cup for a stir stick {I never do this but sounds cute for a party}.

be yourself.


I seriously love this. The quote, the design, everything!

Something I want to do this year is really learn who I am. No, I’m not going to go all granola and head out into the woods to “find myself”. I just want to learn by observation. At the end of each day I’d like to reflect on what happened and most importantly how I responded and how I could do it differently. How I could do it with Jesus.

I learned a lot about my limits and imbalances last year. I push myself to unhealthy ends to make others happy, to do everything, to be like others and to be perfect. My expectations for myself are beyond attainable and God never intended for me to do ANY of those things I spend my time trying to do.

With that all being said, I’m not making any “resolutions” this year. Resolutions aren’t bad things at all. They’re good, measurable ways to make something happen! But for me it’s pressure. Pressure to achieve and attain. And when someone like me doesn’t measure up to their self-imposed standards, we know just where to find the wading pool of self-loathing. I’m not swimming there in 2012.

Ultimately, I just want to be myself this year. I mean really be me. I want God to write the story not my flesh. I don’t want to be who I’ve created me to be or who the world tells me to be. I want to be the Me that God created me to be–Holy and dearly loved.