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Monday, January 27, 2014

Xs and Os and 25 Shmacks!

While working on my craft project for The Wood Connection, the following conversation took place:

"Mom, why does the X stand for kisses?"

"You know, I have NO idea, Lil."

"Well...why does the O stand for hugs?"

"I don't know the answer to that one either, Lil."

"Geez Mom, you don't know very much!"

HA!  One thing I do know is I love that irrefutably sassy daughter of mine!  With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I've been thinking a lot about what I love.  I love Diet Coke and new books and chocolate chip cookies.  I love wood crafts and guest posting and The Wood Connection!  I especially love this "X and O" project I shared on The Wood Connection blog.  You can view it here:

The Wood Connection has generously donated a $25 gift certificate to be given away to one lucky "Mama Leisha" reader!  Entering the giveaway is easy.  Simply fill out the rafflecopter below:

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THANK YOU to The Wood Connection, for being so terrific.  THANK YOU to you, for being so nice and for "reading along."  And THANK YOU to Great Harvest for the most excellent oatmeal chocolate chip cookie I am eating RIGHT NOW!

Infinite Xs and Os and Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Exchange: To Replace

I returned a coat to Old Navy today.

I had purchased it online during a crazy, after-Christmas, winter clearance blitz.  It was a double breasted pea coat; a charming navy blue that spoke of yachts and maritime rendevous!

When it arrived, I expected it to fit as a woman's pea coat should.  Tailored, feminine, and slightly sexy.  Instead, I was greeted with boxy, uninteresting, lacking-in-style winter wear.  Oye!  I knew I was in trouble the moment I tried it on.  Thanks to my combination of scrawny shoulders and matchstick legs, the "sexy sailor" pea coat resembled a gentleman's blazer on me.  I looked like a little girl playing dress up in her daddy's Sunday-best suit coat!

I knew the darn thing had to go back.

So there I was, standing in the Old Navy checkout line.  Patiently waiting for the nice employee to "crack the code" on how to return an online purchase in store.  While I stood there staring at her register's computer screen--and wondering why in the world they would post a "conversation starters" help sheet on that computer screen, for all the customers to see--a young girl and her dad got in line behind me.

She was probably about fourteen-years-old, with killer, youthful skin and knock-'em-dead eyelashes.  Her dad--middle aged and balding--was obviously sweet; he had followed her around the store while she perused sweaters and yoga pants.  He seemed attentive and kind.

It was odd how a thought struck me, there in that checkout line with the bumbling cashier mulling over my complicated transaction.  I knew that dad loved his daughter.  I just knew it.  I could see it.  It was in the lines of his face and in the warmth of his eyes.

I exited the store and zipped up my coat as I walked across the cold parking lot.  I thought about my own brilliant and witty and wonderful dad.  How we watched the stars on clear summer nights, and went on "daddy daughter dates" for ice cream or milkshakes.  Invaluably, I learned at a young and impressionable age what a "good man" is.  What a good father should be.

I suppose I saw a bit of myself in that young girl, and a bit of my dad in hers.  I only hope that years from now, when she is grown and on her own and away from her dad and returning an ugly, boxy pea coat while her husband and kids wait in the car, she realizes what I realized.  And comes to know what I've come to know again and again over the years.

That a good father's love can never be exchanged.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Roomie (And Jewelry to Give Away)

I first met Kelly years and years ago.

We were roommates at Utah State University--sharing a house that rocked a 1960s stove, putrid-colored linoleum in the kitchen, and lots of wood paneling; sharing a room that was the size of a closet.  Our beds were on cinder blocks, our carpet was shag.  We loved it.

Kelly was easily one of the best roommates I ever had; our "chapter" a favorite among my annals, "Aleisha Goes To College With An Afro."  She talked in her sleep.  She was laid back and "drama free."  She was good-humored and easy to talk to.  Her boyfriend didn't try to move in and occupy our precious fridge space, or bogart our telephone.  (Because this was during the time of landlines and message boards.)  Unlike "some" boyfriends, he was cool.  She was cool.

Blessedly, Kell and I have remained friends.  She married that cool boyfriend.  They've moved around the country and have had all sorts of adventures.  Kelly is a mother now.  She has beautiful children.  She occupies a special place in my heart.

And, that sleep talker has taken on an exciting business venture!  Have you heard of Mialisia jewelry?  According to their website, "For thousands of years a necklace has been a necklace and a bracelet has been a bracelet.  Mialisia Jewelry is breaking all the rules with conventional jewelry and giving people options while creating their own style!  Just by adding two hooks at the ends of each piece of Mialisia VersaStyle Jewelry it creates infinte possibilities."  You can watch the concept video here:

It's versatile and fun!  Necklaces can be bracelets, bracelets can be necklaces.   Multiple bracelets hooked together creates a funky belt.  It's a brilliant concept.

My darling Kelly has lovingly donated a piece to give away to one of YOU!  (Lucky, lucky!)  To win the necklace shown above, simply fill out the rafflecopter below. 

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Winner will be notified via email on Tuesday, January 21.  GOOD LUCK and here's to old roommates and old friends!  Happy ACCESSORIES Monday!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Three Winners, Chicken Dinners!

Okay, no chicken dinners.  Sorry!

I am "crazy-goo-goo-ga-ga-in-love" with jewelry and accessories; something that has been established countless of times on this little ol' bloggy of mine.  I relish things that sparkle, enjoy pretty pieces, and ADORE jewelry that is meaningful, sentimental, and special.

Which is why I am so excited about my giveaway today, HOORAY!  Not one, not two, but THREE people will win "a little somethin' shiny."  I was contacted by and they have generously donated some jewelry to give to some of my readers!

One sweet reader will win the "Tree of Life" necklace, which is representative of God's love for us!

One sweet reader will win the "Sisters In Zion" necklace.  I LOVED this one because of what it stands for.  There are many definitions for the word, "sister;" one of them being, "a fellow woman; a close woman friend or companion."  The definition of the word, "zion," includes:  "a harmonious community."  In relation to "my space" in the blogosphere, if there is one thing I aim for in earnest, it is to build a strong community of women.  We have limitless power to support one another; an inherent ability that runs deep in our veins.  We need each other.  In essence and in passions, in dreams and in hopes, we are sisters.

Lastly, one sweet reader will win the elegant, "Return to Christ" cursive ring.  I literally squealed aloud when I saw this little darling!  It is elegant and pretty.  What an exquisite reminder too--that when days are dark, when faith is lost, when pain is potent, we can take it to Christ.  We can drop our burdens at His feet.  And, ultimately and hopefully, we can return to Him after this life.

Entering the giveaway is easy peasy!  Fill out the rafflecopter below!

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Winners will be notified via email on January 15th.  Thank you for entering and GOOD LUCK!  In the meantime--and speaking of accessories--please enjoy a picture of my lacy, frilly, satiny, pearly, chiffon-y babe.  Isn't she yummy?