Christmas Wish List, What’s on Your’s?

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As we get closer to December it’s time to start thinking about those Christmas wish lists for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Out of five kids I have managed to get a list from only two of them, the youngest two, LOL Their lists are very different and range anywhere from beef jerky to a Tesla coil. Me I would be happy with wine and a beach vacay 😂 However I do have a Christmas wish list of my own. What are some of the top picks on your wish list or your kids wish lists? I will give you ideas as well as what is on my kids wish lists as well as my own.

My fifteen year old is into anything that has to do with the child or baby Yoda. The above picture is something that we have actually purchased for him this year. His list consists of a desk, baby Yoda stuff, lots of beef jerky, Xbox controller charger, and a cell phone. Pretty basic list and very short, actually was written on a post it 😂 While this may be good it makes things kinda difficult for me when I’m trying to shop for him. I still have to figure out stocking stuffers and other gifts to get him so he will have just as much as his siblings. My go to gifts are clothes and food gifts when he don’t want much. Do you have a child like this too? What do you do when they won’t tell you what they want?

This child, the youngest of the crew has asked for a Tesla Coil y’all 🙈 He is also currently into lego sets that build things that move, such as the sets to build amusement park rides and cars. He also wants any and everything that has to do with cool science stuff LOL He loves to see how things operate and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. I’m however struggling with stocking stuffer ideas. Anyone else have this struggle? For me it seems to be an every year struggle.

The Grandbaby ❤️ As we all know the Grandchild has to be the most spoiled of everyone at Christmas. As his parents are in the military I have to deliver gifts before and after the holiday usually. This is him playing with an early gift I delivered last month. The toys that seem to interest him the most are balls, anything that moves or makes noise and things he thinks isn’t supposed to have LOL My go to gifts for him this season are Little People sets, giant building block sets, a fun ball pit, interactive age appropriate learning toys and clothes, cause y’all this boy is growing fast. Send me ideas for stocking stuffers y’all cause I’m at a loss!

First off ignore my floors y’all 🙈 it’s difficult to get them refinished when you are living with the flooring guy 😂 He stays so busy making everyone else’s floor look beautiful that he don’t have time to do ours. What do you get your significant other for Christmas? Me, I got him an outdoor griddle that he had been wanting for over a year. He got it early cause let’s be honest it wasn’t fitting under the tree or the bed to hide for that matter. He is getting other stuff that is wrapped and under the tree already. Ya know clothes, grilling cookbooks, accessories for the griddle, and tools. Other amazing ideas for him would be snacks he likes, socks and anything he may actually need. BTW griddles seem to be the go to gift for this year cause I had a hard time finding the one he wanted. What do you buy your significant other?

Now for me and my wishlist!!! There’s only one thing that he could get me that would make me the happiest girl in the world, a ring 💍 y’all I love this man with everything in me but he is dragging his feet with the ring. However he did take me on a weekend trip to Nashville already and we looked at rings while there he purchased me a gorgeous bracelet and necklace from Kay’s. I fall more in love with him every day. ❤️ The rest of my wish list contains random items from incense burners, candles, clothes, beauty products, and an herbal tea diffuser mug. If I get that ring y’all will know, in fact the whole world will know 😂 I’m always looking for ideas of stuff to add to my list so send me your most wanted items this year.

If you are like me and struggle with finding just the right gift for someone, ask them to build an Amazon wish list and add to it throughout the year. They can send you the link to the list and bam you can shop from that list and never have to leave home. I keep an ongoing list for myself that my boyfriend has the link to so he can never say he don’t know what to get me. I hope this helps someone and I’m looking forward to receiving your top gift ideas. Happy shopping season everyone.

November Thankful Challenge

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Starting today I challenge everyone to post daily about what they are thankful for. You can follow the above challenge or post your own idea. Today I’m thankful for my boyfriend Dale…. Check out my meet my best friend blog post for more about this amazing man. If you would like to post your daily challenge with a pic on insta just post a pic with a little about why you are thankful that day and tag me @anita_marie_coffey also remember to use hashtags #thankfulchallenge and #happinessisgratitudechallenge I can’t wait to see all of y’all’s posts! Happy turkey month everyone 🦃

Meet my Best Friend and Love of my Life

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I would like for you all to get to know me, the person behind the keyboard, better. I am very happy to introduce you to my boyfriend of four years, Dale. This man is not only my best friend but also the love of my life. It took me a few years and two failed marriages to finally get it right. Third time’s the charm right!?!? He is absolutely the most amazing man I have ever met. I don’t know where my life would have taken me had I never met him and honestly I don’t care to find out. He changed my life for the better and I am so blessed to call him mine!

I can honestly say my life truly began when he came into it! He has shown me so much love that I never thought was possible before. Before him I had so many dreams and I never thought they could come true but these past four years with him I have slowly watched each and every one of my dreams come true. There is nothing this man wouldn’t do for me. I am truly blessed!

I always dreamed of seeing the ocean, which was a dream I never thought would come true. Above is my first time seeing the ocean…he wanted to make sure my dream came true. Now because of him I can say I’ve seen the ocean several times from a few different states. He has taken me on so many new adventures. This man loves to do things to make me happy and show me how much he loves me and cares for me.

Dale also works very hard every day to make sure we have the life we want. He provides more than I could ever need in life and I am so proud of him. Him, along with his parents, owns his own hardwood flooring business and he strives to be the best and always gives his best.

Just like the country song says “I’ve got a good one”! So my thankful post for November first goes out to this man, my soul mate, my one true love and my best friend, Dale. What are you thankful for?

Sleepy Sadie Sleepwear

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First off I need to say the sleepwear from Sleepy Sadie is so adorable. The material is super soft and feels really nice against your skin. The down side is I ordered medium which is my usual size, the bottoms fit perfectly, the top however was very snug to say the least. Considering these are ordered as a set I wouldn’t be able to order large to fit my top half because then the bottoms would be too big. I guess if you aren’t big up top (36 DD) like me then the sizing would work for you. I will probably order from them again and just order the same design in M and L and give the other pieces I can’t wear as gifts 💁🏻😂 I can’t pass up their super fun and flirty designs. Get yours today at this link, https://www.sleepysadie.com/?ref=1sNgKxrCLLBZ7 you can also use my unique code 1sNgKxrCLLBZ7. Happy shopping y’all! ✌️

Traveling Nana

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Those Virginia hills

Monday evening I decided to travel to Virginia to see my first and only Grandson who turns one the 27th. First off this Nana will travel anywhere for her grandbaby, however I did learn that traveling across three states alone is very exhausting and boring. I may be a traveling Nana but from now on I prefer to travel with someone. I have learned many things through my past few years of traveling and as you can tell I’m still learning. LOL

Do you also like to travel? Do you have family in the military that you would drive anywhere to visit? Well if any of this is true for you like it is for me then there are a few things you should always keep in mind while driving for hours. My number one tip is to ALWAYS and I do mean always prepare for the unexpected. I know you are probably thinking how do I do that and isn’t that why it’s unexpected!? Well what I mean is prepare for several situations. Is it during the cold months, if so keep a blanket and a change of clothes in your vehicle. Could you potential really get stuck in traffic for hours…make sure to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. Gonna be traveling at night…keep a flashlight in your vehicle. And for me this one is very important…always carry some sort of weapon or self protection item with you when traveling alone, cause well you never know.

Look out right on the side of the highway on the way to Virginia

There are several items I highly recommend to keep in your vehicle while traveling for long distances. For me I have to have snacks and waters. When traveling I usually prefer to snack the whole time instead of stopping for food. Then eat supper in a restaurant. I also highly recommend to have baby wipes, napkins, extra straws, plastic silverware, camera, phone charger for both car and regular outlet, GPS, basic toiletries, comfy shoes that are easy to take off (for the car ride), sunglasses, umbrella and a jacket. Also wouldn’t hurt to have something to entertain yourself with in the event you get stuck in traffic or in any other situation that could cause you to be stuck somewhere. And don’t forget any prescriptions as well as pain reliever and nausea medication.

Early morning view from the bridge going into the tunnel in Virginia.

Now I know it’s normal to stress out while traveling if you run into traffic and end up just setting there in the car, but here I will give you a few tips to stay calm. Get yourself a car essential oil diffuser and diffuse a calming, relaxing blend. This works wonders! If you become stuck setting there for a while, take a look around, see what is around you that would make amazing photos. Beauty is all around us and sometimes we are all moving in over drive and fail to see what nature has to offer us. For me when I just got stuck, due to an accident in the tunnel, I looked around and noticed how beautiful the skyline was on both sides of me. The above picture was taken to my left and below was taken to my right. I was surrounded by beauty and had I not been stopped in traffic I would never had gotten the opportunity to look around.

Sunrise over the ocean from the bridge in Virginia.

I can’t wait until my next road trip, which I won’t be taking alone. LOL my next adventure will likely be to Texas to visit my son in November. Ooohh Texas ♥️ that’s a topic for a whole other post. What are your favorite road trip destinations? What traveling tips do you have? Message or comment to let me know if you have any tips I may not think of! Happy traveling everyone.

Fall Favorite Recipe, Pumpkin Pie Dip

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This pumpkin pie dip has been a hit at Fall/Halloween parties for the past several years. This is my favorite fall dip for apples, vanilla wafers, or even graham crackers. Whenever I make this for a get together it’s usually gone within an hour or two. Best part it’s super easy to make!

For the dip you need: 16 oz cool whip, 3 small boxes vanilla pudding mix and 1 small can of pumpkin. That’s right only three ingredients. Mix everything together, (use the pudding mix as dry and do NOT make the pudding). Once everything is mixed together add a little pumpkin pie spice and mix in. Ready to serve or refrigerate for later.

Serving tip: cut the top off of a small pumpkin and clean the inside out really well, scrape it clean. Then use the pumpkin as a serving bowl for your dip!

I hope you love this dip as much as we all do. Happy fall y’all! Follow me for more recipes and lots of other crazy information and even learn about a day in my life from time to time. LOL

Fall my Season of Renewed Energy

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I can’t say it enough, I LOVE FALL!!! Fall to me is a season of renewed energy and happiness. It’s the time of year when everything around me turns beautiful colors, the air is cool, there are festivals everywhere and of course it’s when Halloween happens. There’s nothing better than setting around a bonfire in a hoodie or your favorite sweater, enjoying the company of friends and family and sipping on your favorite seasonal drink.

lit bonfire outdoors during nighttime
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One of my favorite parts of fall is all the beautiful colors around me. I love nature and wow it sure is amazing in the fall. This is my favorite time of year to do photo shoots of people as well as landscapes. Nature provides such a wonderful backdrop this time of year. Here are some of my photos from fall photo shoots.

Some people may see fall as the time when everything dies, but me I see it as time when everything is getting a second chance. A chance to shed the old self and become something new and beautiful. It’s a season of pure joy and happiness for me. There are so many activities that I like to do during this time of year, can you think of any that really bring you joy or inner peace? Here are a few of my favorites. Bon fires, pumpkin patches, long walks through nature trails, hiking, fishing, kayaking, photographing nature at it’s best, roadtrips, fall flavors, and everything Halloween.

Me and my friends call this time of year “spooky season”, we claim Halloween starts on September first and ends the mornign of November first. That’s right two whole months of Halloween. LOL There is so much I could say about what makes me happy about Halloween. I love horror movies, decorating, playing pranks on people, haunted houses, ghost stories, carving/painting pumpkins and doing anything and everything that goes with spooky season. A few of my favorite movies are: Hocus Pocus of course, the origianl series of Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St., Twitches and Twitches 2, all of the Halloweentown movies, and last but not least my all time favorite, Practical Magic. What are your favorite movies this time of year? Do you like horror or family friendly movies? Speaking of movies I am so looking forward to the new Halloween movie, I can hardly wait!!! Follow me for a movie review of the new Halloween movie. I will be posting one soon after I go see it. Happy spooky season everyone!! If you have any spooky tips or traditions you would like to share just post them in the comments!

These Sunglasses are the Best

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I have been on the search for new sunglasses for probably 6 months or more. My old pair are all scratched up and difficult to see through. I know many of you are probably wondering how they got in that bad of shape?! Well I’m a very outdoorsy person and tend to drink a little while kayaking and camping, enough said. LOL

Last week I ran across a company that offers many styles of sunglasses and to make things better they were offering me a chance to try them at a discount and review them!! BAM I found a pair that I loved and ordered them! They came in today and I couldn’t wait to open the box and try them out! As soon as I got the box open 🥰 They came with a cleaning cloth, a soft carry bag and they were packaged amazingly! I tried them on and OMG I love them!! These are now my favorite sunglasses! You can get you a pair just like these or pick a different style at a 30% discount using the following link: http://abella.refr.cc/anitacoffey

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Today’s Fave Recipe Pumpkin Apple Muffins

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As I set here drinnking my pumpkin spice coffey with just a touch of hazelnut creamer I need to say “OMG it’s fall ya’ll!!!! This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about fall!! Bonfires, the changing leaves, the crisp fall air, football, the flavors of the season, all of the amazing fall activities and festivals, and horror movies…there’s just too much to list! Fall is a season of renewed energy for me. As I’m sure you all can guess Halloween is my fave holiday and I have to admit that I am one of those Halloween season starts on September first and ends Halloween night, people!! LOL One of my favorite activities during the fall season is to go on a picnic at a park or near a lake or river, somewhere peaceful where I can just enjoy nature and all the beauty God has given us in this season. One of my fave recipes for this time of year is Pumpkin Apple Muffins. I found this recipe in a newsletter that I recieve from our local extension office. I like to use fresh locally grown apples and pumpkin that I pick up from one of my fave places to buy fresh fruits and veggies’ “Hintons Orchard in Hodgenville KY”. This place is amazing and seems magical during the fall! Better yet the family that owns this place are absolutely amazing. They are the sweetest, friendliest people I have met. If you ever find yourself in the area make sure to stop by and check out all their amazing products. Now for what you’ve been waiting for the recipe!!!!

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/4 cups honey 2 large eggs 1/2 cup conola oil 1 1/2 cups fresh pureed pumpkin 2 cups finely chopped granny smith apples

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a small bowl combine honey, eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or papere lined muffin cups, 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Note: you can substitute 2 cups granulated sugar for honey, decrease baking soda by 1/4 teaspoon and increae oven temp to 350 degrees. Yeild: 18 muffins

Nutritional info: 200 calories, 7g fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 3 g protein

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Welcome to my new blog

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In this first post I’m just going to give you a little info about me and my life up until now. I was born in 1982 to a teen mom. My relationship with my Mother has never been one of those typical mother daughter best friend relationships. Honestly we get along better when we are t around each other. I was a Daddy’s girl, sadly he passed unexpectedly from a heart attack in June of 2005. I’ve witnessed my mother go through multiple relationships and four marriages. My second stepfather was amazing and was more like a second Dad to me, sadly we lost him in a horrific car accident in March of 2007. I’ve already lost all of my Grandparents….Grandmother in 7th grade from breast cancer, Grandfather (Pa) my freshman year from multiple lung issues, Grandpa in 2017 from multiple organ failure (esophagus cancer, congestive heart failure, kidney issues) and my Nannie in 2018 from natural causes. I have been married and divorced twice. First husband was an abusive alcoholic and it took me years to gain the strength to finally leave him. We had 3 amazing children together. Second husband basically cheated the entire time we were together, took me forever to realize it wasn’t my fault and it was his problem not mine. We had one amazing little boy together. Those two experiences may have not been happy or anything I would ever wish on my worst enemy but they did teach me a lot about relationships and myself. In school I was known as the wild party girl who drank, smoked pot and did a lot of questionable things. Sadly people will always judge me for things I did in my past when I’m not anywhere near the person I use to be. I grew up in church and always knew God was there for me even when I felt completely alone and lost. I may have strayed from my faith for a few years but I am happy to say I have found God again! Without him I don’t think I could have made it through the darkest years of my life. I’ve survived being raped by someone who was supposed to be a friend (my then current boyfriend’s best friend). And no I didn’t report it because at the time I felt as if nobody would believe me and if they did I was afraid they would try to make it out as my fault, so I just kept it to myself despite it eating at me and causing me to sink into a deep dark place. I’ve been through loss, abuse, rape, depression, drugs, horrible relationships and so much more yet here I am on the other side of it all so much stronger and now truly happy. I finally learned that I was in control of my life and chose to take the power away from everyone and everything that had ever hurt me. I learned to love myself and no it wasn’t easy! I now have an amazing boyfriend who made me finally believe all men aren’t horrible, finally made me feel loved and accepted like I was good enough. He knows my past and loves me anyways! And no I’m not going to lie and say our relationship is perfect because no relationship is ever perfect if someone says theirs is they are lying to themselves and everyone else. My 4 amazing children are grown now. My oldest son has a job and life of his own, the two middle kiddos, daughter and son, are both in the US Navy and stationed in Virginia and Texas, and my baby is 15. I now also have a bonus son that is 9 (my boyfriend’s little boy). I am also a Nana to one very amazing blessing from God that will soon be one, that little boy is my world. I have many hobbies and am in the process of starting my own business as well as doing photo shoots on the side. I can honestly say I’m happy and content with my life now, and would love to share my wild and crazy life with you.

I survived everything I’ve been through and came out stronger. I want to be here to offer support, advice, words of wisdom and share uplifting quotes. I want to use this blog as way to let people know they aren’t alone in whatever struggle they are going through and that just because you have a bad day or even week it don’t have to be a bad life. There is always time to turn your life around and make it the best it can be. Don’t ever give up you can and will make it through to the other side of whatever darkness you are currently in. It’s just a season of darkness, stay strong and keep pushing forward until you reach that brighter happier season. All my love Anita ❤️