Amazon Update

Hi, everyone! First and foremost, if you are in the southeast part of Texas or southern part of Louisiana, please know our prayers are with you. I hope people will help as they feel led.

Additionally, I wanted to update on Amazon. A few weeks ago, a reader purchased an item for an advertised price. Prices may vary at any given moment. However, Amazon allowed the purchase to go through at the posted price. Afterwards, though, the reader received an email stating that a pricing error had been made and they could either 1) pay extra money or 2) cancel the order. I felt this was very deceiving, and I chose at that point to not advertise Amazon, though, my affiliate account is still open with them.

Since that time, the reader has received an email with an apology. I appreciate how Amazon handled the situation. Likely you will still not see many amazon advertisements on here, primarily because I do not want my site to be advertistment filled. I try to carefully choose ads that I think you, as the readers, will find beneficial. Thank you for reading!

When Efforts Pay Off

My mom, my kids and I just got back from the most amazing trip. We started out on Thursday morning before the sun was up, and we made it to New Orleans for our 1:30pm reservation at Commander’s Palace. I was ecstatic to get a lunch reservation for that day, as we wanted to keep the trip as schedule-free as possible. This, if you know me, is not my norm. I thrive on schedules, but, even though I did have moments of terror wondering what we were going to do, I loved the freedom of this trip.

I usually find that scheduling my time is more purposeful, and I’m able to get a lot more done. But this trip wasn’t about getting as much done as possible. It was about spending as much time together as possible. We were able to do a lot, which my Type A side appreciated. More than that, though, we were able to do a lot together. I loved sharing a meal at Commander’s Palace with my babies. Having my daugther choose to take a buggy ride as her choice of activity warmed my heart. We hit the highlights in every town, choosing the touristy route, and we spent most evenings playing for a couple of hours in the pool – which the kids absolutely loved.

In New Orleans we ate at Commander’s Palace and Cafe Du Monde, followed by a buggy ride; In Pass Christian we played in white sand and ate the best crab I’ve ever had. In Natchez we toured three homes and took pictures of the Mighty Mississippi; In Natchitiches we ate meat pies; In Jefferson we got Moody Dogs and Riverport barbecue and showed the kids where their daddy proposed to me many moons ago.

I wouldn’t have changed anything about it for the world. This trip also helped me realize something. I’m raising good humans. This will likely come across as though I’m tooting my own horn. My intent is not that at all. My intent is to encourage you to slow down in life long enough to see the good around you. I worry so much about making sure I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that my kids are smart, kind, outgoing, etc., etc., etc. I don’t slow down enough to always recognize that they are truly good people. They’re respectful. They thank others without being prompted. My daughter, at one point in a restaurant, even said, “I know what ladies do. They do this!” Then she promptly placed her napkin on the seat of her chair. This warmed my heart. She’s listening. They both are.

Most importantly, they pray for others who are hurting, such as those currently impacted by Harvey. They are good souls, and I’m thankful I get to be their momma and spend this time with them. I’m thankful for the reminder that they are enough. We all are.

Our prayers are with those who are impacted by Harvey.

I Versus Me

Today’s post is brought to you by grammar. Now, while I appreciate grammar, I am, in no way, criticizing anyone who doesn’t use it correctly. Rather, I’m showing how it can benefit you when you use it. Too often we see memes that are making fun of people who don’t know the difference between too, to and two. I, personally, don’t use an Oxford comma. It isn’t lack of intelligence that has led us to this post. It’s not knowing. Like etiquette, there is a reason behind most “rules,” and when you know the “why” behind something, you’re more likely to utilize it.

I versus me.

I watch Food Network a lot. Way more than I should. During the last Next Food Network Star, I kept hearing people say “So-and-so and I.” This isn’t inherently wrong. Sometimes you do end with “I.” Sometimes, though, you end with “me.” Saying “I” doesn’t make you sound more intelligent. It makes you sound as if you don’t understand the grammatical rule. So, I’m here to help explain. 🙂

How do you know when to use I or me? Remove the other person and see if it still sounds okay. Quick little test: “This house belongs to Susie and I” OR “This house belongs to Susie and me.” When you remove Susie, the sentences would read, “This house belongs to I” versus “This house belongs to me.” The second option would be the correct one. Yay!

Now let’s try another one. “She and I will go to the store” OR “She and me will go to the store.” Again, removing the other person, the sentences read, “I will go to the store” versus “Me will go to the store.” In this case, you would use “I.”

I hope this little hint helps you! Like etiquette, grammar helps us to be our best.

Thank you to Mrs. Brown for being a truly knowledgeable teacher. You helped us more than you know.

RSVP Explained

I’ve talked about RSVP, the translation and what it means before, but since then I’ve received questions from people regarding it a little more. More commonly the question is, “When can I back out of an RSVP?” To be honest, only in the event of an emergency. If you receive a “better” invitation, that’s not the appropropriate time to back out of an RSVP’d event.

Backing out after accepting an invitation is telling your would-have-been hosts that something more appealing came up. By sending a positive RSVP, you are, in truth, forgoing any other options that may be presented to you later. Acceptable cirumstances you would be able to later decline would include becoming sick or having a child or a dependent become sick. It would not include having a friend decide to come to visit last minute or that you received a party invite that seemed more fun.

I know this may all sound harsh, but the truth is, when someone extends you an invitation, they aren’t just trying to fill a seat. They want you there. And it is, to be blunt, rude when you initially accept and then back out once something “better” has come along.

All of that being said, the people who are asking the question are not people I consider rude. I think this is just a case of people living busy lives and time being limited. This is not a generational thing either. It’s a cultural  and societal problem.We glorify busyness for the sake of being busy and think that if you can survive without caffeine, you’re not doing enough. We live in a time where store are open 24/7 so that we are never without. We don’t have to wait for anything, adding to the instant gratification issue. Heaven forbid anyone who has a cell phone not answer a call or text. We are held hostage in our lives.

I say we all deserve better. We deserve months that aren’t so packed with activities that we don’t know what to do with an evening off. Consideration of other people’s time starts with consideration of our own. Do not feel pressured to accept every invitaiton you receive. You don’t need to give a reason. Simply let them know you will not be able to attend. That being said, have respect for any invitation you do accept and make sure to attend.

So, how far out do you need to send your reply? Unless a date is stated, two weeks prior to an event is a solid amount of time to give the hosts time to prepare. Let’s all do our part to send our reply from this point forward. Thank you for reading!