Just had to share

So I'm sure some (or all) of you have seen and heard and read about my OBSESSION with Erin Condren products. I adore them!!!

Well, now they have an awesome referral program. If you refer a friend and they make a purchase, you each get $10 to spend!!! So awesome!!!

Here's my referral link...feel free to go shopping!

What are you waiting for...go get organized and personalized!!!


The Marathon that Wasn't

On Friday, December 6, 2013 I was poised to run a marathon the next day.

But, Mother Nature decided that it was not meant to be.

To be honest, at first, I was pretty upset. I shed a couple tears, sitting with my friends at the Heroes Pasta Party. But, as Rick Shadyac said, "We must remember that we are only a small part of this community." He was talking about Memphis and Shelby County. Shelby County had been declared in a State of Emergency, meaning that already the medical and police personnel who were going to help with the race was reduced. Many volunteer groups had told St. Jude coordinators that they would be late, diminished in numbers or not there at all. And worst of all, AutoZone park, the location of our finish, was a GIANT sheet of ice. Meaning that you might manage to make it through your first 26 miles, but that .2 might quite actually be what does "it" for you.

I was really excited about running this race. I was excited to check off "Run a Marathon" from my "Things to get done" list that I had written with my mom. I was excited to do that in my hometown. I was excited to do that with my friend Kirsten from 1st grade, with whom I had reconnected through running. I was happy to change the meaning of the date on the calendar and remember it for something wonderful and positive. It was going to be a great way to finish off my year. I was supporting an amazing hospital and accomplishing an amazing feat with all sorts of wonderful people around me.

But, Mother Nature decided that it was not meant to be.

A long while back, I joined a facebook group; RUN365. It's a goofy group of runners. Some are so super fast, it blows my mind. Some are slow and I am reminded by their posts how hard I've worked to get where I am. And others are in the middle, like me, working to improve a little each day. This year I've invited numerous friends and family members to come run and to join the group. One such friend, Carrye, was supposed to run the half marathon. An event that is unremarkable for many, but I got her to come run with me for the first time in July. So this is kind of a big deal for her, too.

But, Mother Nature decided that it was not meant to be.

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time trying to teach my students lessons that are not in my curriculum guide. They have little to do with classroom biology and everything to do with life. Friday night I was not a nice person to talk to. I was rude, I was ugly, I was disrespectful, I was unkind. I did not remember the lessons I have shared with my students so often.

And then, I made plans to run with one of my RUN365 friends who I met for the first time in person at that Heroes Pasta Party. We  were not the only ones out there! Some ran the whole course, some ran in other parts of the city, some ran just what they felt like running. We decided to meet downtown and run. The distance was to be determined by how we felt in the cold and it was cold! We would wear our Heroes singlets, since we earned every stitch of them. Starting at the Peabody hotel, we ran into the front of the closed AutoZone park to survey the ice, down Beale St, down Main Street, by Gus's and Raiford's and South of Beale, by the National Civil Rights Museum, and the FedEx Forum right past 2 basketball players and from there we could see LeBonheur and St. Jude and the entire Memphis skyline and we decided to run to St. Jude. We ran down to the campus and the security guard told us where we could and could not go. We ran to St. Jude and took our own race photos with the statue and then ran back to Peabody and got to the front of AutoZone park. And it was 5.24 miles, exactly 1/5 of the marathon. And then we saw them. Runners with medals. We asked where they got them and they told us to run around back and "finish" and we too could have our medals. So we did.

Mother Nature said that the marathon was not meant to be and it wasn't. But for so many of us, the spirit and the message of St. Jude, to work through all obstacles was already in our minds, our hearts, our spirits and our feet. So we ran our victory laps.

It was the marathon that wasn't.

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St. Jude Marathon

Friends and Readers. 

I can't even begin to put into words how I feel going into this coming weekend. Excited, frieghtened, elated, nervous, energized; the list goes on forever. But, no matter the word I use to describe it, the last one is always; thankful. 

Thankful that my family and I have not needed St. Jude for one of our own children. 

Thankful that St. Jude has supported so many of my friends' children. 

Thankful to have St. Jude in memphis. 

Thankful to have St. Jude. 

If you have not and would like to, please join me in supporting the work of St. Jude. 


Their work is never done. 

I hope to see a few of you on the streets of Memphis cheering for runners and cheering for the kids of St. Jude. 




A giant mess

There's a HUGE mess in my old dining room. And I'm so grateful for it. This giant mess exists because I have a new sewing machine, a new cutting mat and SEVERAL new and open orders to do. 

You know I spend a lot of time worrying about money, my children and how I'm going to get it all done, and sometimes things have a way of telling me what should happen. 

My good friend, Shelley, is the director of the preschool where my children attend. She invited me to come do a fundraiser for the school and take orders for embroidery and monogramming at the school. BEST IDEA EVER!! It helps spread the word about my little business, gives me new opportunities to stretch my sewing legs and an easy way to increase my income. All good things!

So now, here I sit, surrounded by a huge mess. And my babies are happy. And my daughter's foot is healing. And my son is home from basketball practice and is mostly helpful. 

Life is alright. 


Time to give thanks

I have often wondered what it is about November 1 that makes people start deciding to be thankful. 

Is it that it's the date, so it's the right thing to do?

Is that now they feel they should?

Maybe there's guilt involved?

What is it for you?

For me, I have decided that instead of only November, it's time for me to start giving thanks more. I've read several articles lately about how to raise great kids, have a great family, marriage, etc. do you know what they all say? They all say to be thankful and to put your spouse/family first. 

I am making a commitment to my family. I'm committing my life to them. I know it sounds trite, but I feel like I need to be accountable to that statement. So many opportunities are in front of my family right now and I need to make sure I'm doing the best I can for my family in that effort. 

What do you need to commit to? What do you have to be thankful for? 

Feel free to share in the comments below. 


Lissy Jane's 2nd Birthday

How can you not get excited when your cute little person is turning 2!?!?

We invited friends and everyone joined us for great fun at The Children's Museum of Memphis! We all had a great time!

Geoff made 2 marbled cakes, we decorated the tops with cars and everyone got to eat and play!

The table looked great with party hats and the tissue bubbles. 

Dilly enjoyed playing on the floor while we waited for friends to arrive.

After cake and ice cream and singing Happy Birthday, it was time to go play!

Once we got home, Lissy had a great time opening her gifts from her friends and family. Including, hiding in the tunnel after dinner!

Happy 2nd Birthday Lissy Jane!!!

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Time to get this right/write

I've been spotty at best with my blog posting. It's about to get real y'all. This summer is filled with swim team for Annie new adventures for the little girls, Jonas getting ready for football in the fall and me teaching summer school...and training for my first full marathon in December!

Not sure if I'll stick to my old post schedule, but I'm back on the wagon, so to speak. It's all gonna be here!!!

Today's lissy's actual birthday, so I'll be sure to give you a recap of that! Can't believe baby #3 is 2!!!


Please support me and the kids of St. Jude

St. Jude Heroes
Dear Blog Friends and Followers,
I am participating in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. As a St. Jude Hero, I have a personal goal to raise $1000 for the kids of St. Jude. I have already pledged $50 myself and am looking for ways to increase donations to St. Jude!
Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today?
How your donation helps:
  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
  • For every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
Please visit my St. Jude Heroes fundraising page to make a donation.
I hope you will join me in supporting the kids of St. Jude!
Thank you for your support!
Rachel Kannady
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And so the wedding planning begins!!!

That's right....Wedding planning!!!

My little sister is getting married!!!!!

Claire and Jason are finally engaged and getting married next Spring!!!!

More to come on wedding planning for sure!

Love to all!
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Quick Question

I have a quick and easy question...
Please comment to give me your answer.

Recently, I shared my birth day stories for all 4 of my kids, that's 4 stories, with a friend of mine. Would any of my readers be interested in reading these stories? I know there have to be a lot of questions out there and I feel like a lot of them don't get answered because people gloss over things.

So, birth stories? Yes, I'll post each one. No, I'll not post them right away... No answer means I have to decide for myself and obviously, if I am asking, I'm torn!

thanks all!
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Recipe: Meatball Stroganoff

Continuing on with the great meal plan....Meatball Stroganoff!

And it was WELL received by the kids!

Here's the recipe. It's super easy. Seriously.

1 can of cream of mushroom
1 can of milk
1 8oz container of sour cream
1 can of mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons of worsteshire sauce
1/2 pound of meatballs (make them yourself or buy frozen ones)
1 bag of extra wide egg noodles

1. Cook the noodles. Read and follow package instructions

2. Take the liquid/cream ingredients and mushrooms and combine them in a deep sauce pan. Season with salt or pepper to taste. (Everything will end up here, so make sure it's big enough) Allow them to cook together before adding the cooked meatballs.

3. Give the meatballs and sauce time to blend, I gave mine about 10 minutes. Then add the noodles.

4. Enjoy!!!


Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole Crock Pot

This week, we have reached an all new level of meal planning!!! I am so proud of us!

We have planned meals, shopped for them and made dinner AT HOME every night this week.

Here's what we've done so far:

Monday: Walking Tacos
Tuesday: Meatball Subs
Wednesday: burgers and dogs on the grill, greek salad and green bean casserole
Thursday: chicken enchilada casserole
Friday: leftovers!!!!
Saturday: meatball stroganoff

Last nite was the chicken enchilada casserole. Even Dilly loved it!I found the recipe in the Busy Bees Crockpot Cookbook. Once I read it, I knew it had to change, for starters, there were no veggies and i can't eat meat out of a can....just can't. So here's the recipe that I made:

1 10oz can of red enchilada sauce
1 cup sour cream
1 can corn
2 breasts of chicken cooked and shredded

Layer in the crockpot, from bottom to top:

a few spoonfuls of sauce and sour cream
tortilla shells, torn to cover the bottom
2 large handfuls of spinach
1/2 the chicken, corn and sauce mix
2 large handfuls of cheese
tortilla shells, torn to cover the layer
2 large handfuls of spinach
1/2 the chicken, corn and sauce mix
2 large handfuls of cheese

Cook on high for 1 hour and 15 minutes and enjoy some yummy goodness!!! Please forgive the lack of pics of food, but I do have a pic of Dilly eating up!

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Want to run?

Many of you know and some of you may not, but my dad is a prostate cancer survivor. Many of you also know, I do NOT call myself a runner.

Several years ago, my dad underwent surgery to remove the cancer and has remained cancer free since then.

Here in Memphis, there is a run coming up to support the research and work being done to cure this disease affecting millions of men each year.

If you are interested in participating, this year's run will start at the Botanic Gardens at 7:30am on April 27. You can register here. If you'd rather just give to the cause, the website found here, has lots of great information! The event is sponsored by the Conrad Pearson Clinic and is part of a national event.

Obviously, I think this is an important cause, if you do too, or you just want another half marathon in before summer, please join us!

In my running shoes!

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Thanks for the love!!!!!

Good morning friends!!!!

Just wanted to leave a little note for my readers to thank you guys for helping me reach 10,000 page hits!!!! Such an exciting time!!!

In honor of having reached this exciting milestone, I am doing a giveaway!

I will giveaway one item from my Sew Southern Style etsy's how to enter, all of these things have to be done to win....

You must comment on the blog that you have:

1.liked my facebook page
2. followed this blog
3. Joined this blog
4. followed my etsy page
5. Comment what it is you want to win!

The giveaway will only be generated based on the comments on this posting. Make sure you come back to this posting.

I'll keep the giveaway open until Sunday at 5 and announce the winner Monday morning!

Good luck! and thanks for reading!

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Checklists Anyone!?!

UGH! I sometimes detest doing certain jobs...mostly because some jobs are dirty!

Cleaning is one such icky.

However, there are lots of great blogs and lists available to help you organize this particular part of your life. Some of them can help you achieve the kind of transformation I found on the web shown below.

Here are a few of my favorite:

Each of these ladies shares her tried and true methods and even a few funnies along the way.

As far as my checklist for you is concerned:

1. Pick some cleaning supplies that you really like. Don't go overboard getting 15 different things, get multipurpose items that you are going to use. The more things you have when you open the cabinet, the less likely you are to do your cleaning.

2. Make a small cleaning caddy and put it in each bathroom, laundry area, kitchen area, etc of your house. If you have to walk all the way to another end or another floor of your house to get things done, you are less likely to do it. (You know I'm telling the truth...)

3. Make it as brainless as possible. For example, if you don't like to clean the shower, put a command hook in there and hang up a bottle of your shower cleaner. Once you are clean, spray down the shower and go on with your life. You've gotten some cleaning done at the same time you did your Olympic stretch to get that little spot beside your ankle.

4. Don't tackle the whole house all at once. You are not going to clean the whole house in one day. It's just not going to happen. (Face the facts.) However, you may get one bathroom done and the hallway vacuumed and your bed made! Make each day's goals reasonable. Rotate the big things. For example, make one room the major focus for a month, on week 1 do the base boards, on week 2 do the molding, on week 3 do the heavy dusting and furniture rearranging, on week 4 do the "goodwill cleanout" as you keep doing that your home will continue to get better and better and you will not feel overwhelmed in the process.

Enjoy your home and find a way to enjoy cleaning it!!!

As a side note, let me just say that today's Memphis Tigers game versus St. Mary's was one for the record books! I prefer my wins a little more clear, but they managed to eek that one out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Go Tigers!
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I swear I'm gonna get back to blogging!

Since we last chatted, I've taught a few sewing classes, made a course quilts, participated in my first crafts fair, finally started a quilt for my sister using her "mommy fabric" from her childhood bedroom, continued working with Lissy to potty train, an meal planned for a whole 2 weeks worth of meals!!!

In terms of blogging, well, I have lots if things I want to log about, but I don't know where to start right this minute. I'm going to take a couple days to map out all my ideas and then, I'm gonna do it all the right way! Readers be ware! Blog posts are coming!!!


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