WARNING: Rebecca D. shows flagrant disregard for the rules of punctuation... She uses ellipsis with wild abandon... Punctuation interventions have been done to no avail... If you are offended by such irreverence to the rules of grammar... The very glue that holds our society together... STOP READING NOW... Move on... There is a little button at the top that says "next blog"... You would be well advised to use it... You were warned...

Facebook Giveaway...

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm doing a little giveaway on my Mary & Martha Facebook Page... 

Just go to "Rebecca's Home. A Mary & Martha Independent Consultant", Like the page, find the post with the following picture... 
Comment what you favorite flower is and TA DA... Just like that you are entered to win the lovely Grace & Gratitude Pitcher ($30 value)!!
Of course if you love it and want to take the chance out of it you can always order one here!

It's just that easy! 

BTW: Speaking of Facebook... Did y'all know my blog has a page? I am guessing you don't since only six people like it, and I am one of them! Hahahahaha!! 
While you are over there on the facebooks entering to win your pitcher and thinking about where you plan to put it, drop by the "High Maintenance Aspirations" page and hit the "like" button... There is nothing in it for you other then my undying gratitude but hey, that and a second mortgage will buy you a cup of coffee! 

Thanks for listening,

Compassion...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thanks to my amazing customers and two amazing friends who joined my team I earned the opportunity to travel to The Dominican Republic with Compassion in September!!! 


Lookie right there... Not only did I earn it but I was #6 in the WHOLE COMPANY!!! 

I have prayed for years for the Lord to open doors for me to go on a mission trip and he has answered those prayers with a resounding YES!!

I have many things I have to do to get ready for the trip physically, mentally and spiritually and there is one thing you can do to help... 



Mary & Martha supports a child survival center in Santo Domingo... I am looking for people willing to partner with us in supporting this program. It is just $20 a month! 
(Go to http://www.compassion.com/maryandmartha.htm?referer=125661 for more info or to sponsor!)
If you sign up to sponsor come back here and comment here that you've sponsored by July 31st and I will gift you this adorable fully lined tote bag from our new guide coming out August 1st!! It's a $24 value and I will gift it to you FREE as my way of thanking you for your support! 
(This offer is good for people who agree to the $20 monthly sponsorship or a one time donation of $40 or more... You MUST come back here and comment that you have done it to claim your gift! I will email you for an address to send it to!) 


If TEN people sign up to sponsor I will enter everyone who signs up in a drawing for our beautiful Ampersand Tray! ($138 value!!)


 So don't delay... Sponsor today!

Thanks for listening,

Help...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Many of you don't know this but since June 1st I have been working towards earning a mission trip to the Dominican Republic... I have never been able to go on a mission trip so this is something I'd really like to do!

Right now I am $345 in sales away from my personal goal and I have until midnight tonight to get it... If you would like to help please go to www.RebeccasBlessedHome.com and click on the "shop" tab...

Anyone who orders from now until 12 Midnight (July 15th) will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate good until the end of the year!


UPDATE: Thanks to a sweet hostess who closed her catalog party early and those of you who placed orders I over shot my goal by $221!!! That's right... In just four hours I got $566 is sales!! THANK YOU! I do not yet know if I earned the trip but I am blown away by your support!! I will do the drawing for the $50 in a bit!

8th of July...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


 In an effort to give our friends from Montana the full east coast experience we whipped up a little tropical storm for their visit... We are nothing if not considerate! 

Seriously though, the first part of their visit was a bit... well, damp... But our spirits were not...
We did have to cross a couple things off our to do list and shuffle things around a bit but I think a good time was had overall... 

I ordered lobsters for the 4th and even though it was a soggy 4th fresh lobster waits for no man so Jed, Allison, family friend Jen (red hair) and some of the Montana crew braved the rain to dig into a pile of lobsters under the umbrella on the deck.


Jen, Jed & Allison coached the newbies through the process...


They dug in bravely... 
(Please ignore my non-clarified butter... I ran out of time and nobody minded.)


The Montana crew all dug in for one whole lobster each then headed in for for the more familiar ribs and fixins' inside... The locals killed the rest! 


We ended the soggy night with our favorite cupcakes who didn't hang around long enough to get their photo op! 


Due to the weather and our planned trip to the island we ended up moving our "party" to the 8th! 
So our friends and family gathered last night for food, fun & belated fireworks! 

Here is a peek...

All the traditional foods...


A make your own berry shortcake bar & s'mores for around the fire pit later on...


Unlike other parties we did one long table down the middle of the yard and all gathered around it...


Allison thought up most of the table decor and we found these fun little "brain teasers" at Cracker Barrel that we placed down the length for people to fiddle with... They were a big hit...


Later we lit up the fire pit, told funny family stories then Paul let off an insane amount of fireworks that left us with a few more crazy stories to tell around future fire pits! 

I am off to the Mary & Martha national conference in Kansas City tomorrow so I will finish catching you all up when I get back!


Thanks for listening,

Vacation Pause...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

We currently have friends visiting from Montana...


They are enjoying the sights and flavors of Maine and we are enjoying them!
We are all headed to the island tomorrow for a couple days of "island time"!
(PS. She hates this picture so don't tell her I posted it!)

See you all soon!!

Thanks for listening,

Hodgepodge 180...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It is the 180th edition of Joyce's Hodgepodge! You go Joyce!!! 




1.  Speaking of 180...when was the last time you 'did a 180' on something?

I did a 180 degree turn on Wal-Mart... I never "loved" it but like everyone else in my little hometown I was excited when they finally started building our "Super" Wal-Mart... After all, there were FOUR Super Wal-Marts within 20 miles of us in Tennessee... It was about time our sleepy little Maine town caught up. Or so I thought... Bigger is not always better... I now despise going to wal-mart... It feels like such a chore and sometimes it literally sucks the will to do anything else out of me! I do everything in my power to avoid it, and have become quite successful at avoiding it for the most part. 

2. It's Independence Week in the US of A! What's your favorite thing about America right this very minute? Favorites only! Let's hear what you love about America.

The people... We recently met a girl from the Ukraine who is working here for the summer. She joined our family for dinner and after we heard all about her we asked her impression of us... Not our family, but Americans as a whole and her response rang so true... She said (I am paraphrasing) "Americans are so happy! You wear your happiness like clothing, on the outside for all to see. Even the "un-happy" American's seem happy by Ukrainian standards. Americans are also so nice and welcoming. I watched a lot of TV and it makes you seem so un-trustworthy but you are not like that, you are as a group the kindest people I have ever met or could imagine meeting." 
Her thoughts resonated with me... We are as a whole happy & kind people no matter what the evening news would have us believe!  


3. Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Watermelon, homemade vanilla ice cream, or blueberry pie?

Stripes... As the seem to have taken over my wardrobe!
Red... I love all the colors but red is hands down my favorite color so if I must pick one! 
Watermelon... I LOVE ice cream and blueberry pie but Allison & I are continuously buying and eating those bowls of pre-cut watermelon in the produce department so I will go with it!

4. When did you last see stars, figuratively speaking?

When we were at our camp I slept in a funny position and my back froze up... It was incredibly painful and Paul had to yank me into a sitting position... I think I may have literally "seen stars" it hurt so much! 

5.  'Clear as a bell', 'with bells on',  'lots of bells and whistles', 'saved by the bell'...which phrase 'rings' truest for you lately?  Have you ever seen The Liberty Bell?

"With Bells On" since we are doing so much traveling and visiting this summer and loving every minute of it I feel like we are constantly arriving or greeting people with bells on!

6. Are you caught up in World Cup fever? Have you watched a lot or a little or none at all?

None at all...

7. Bid farewell to June in 10 words or less.

Impossibly beautiful days... Parties to remember always... Farewell splendid June!
(That was hard!!) 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Mary & Martha is having a sale and although I plan to do a post about it in the next couple days I didn't want you to miss out on anything as it is all "while supplies last"... To order or see larger pictures go to www.RebeccasBlessedHome.com 







Happy 4th Everyone!! 
Thanks for listening,

I Only Have Myself To Blame...

And the weather...

So... I have company coming in from out of town tomorrow... I have been so crazy busy with stuff on the calendar every day... I wish that were an exaggeration but it is not. So what do I do? Do I just tidy up and prepare for a nice visit with some of our oldest and dearest friends? Oh no, I start about 10,000 new projects (slight exaggeration) that I can only possibly hope to get about half of them completed in time... 

Oh and if that is not enough, I plan a party for the 4th... Just a few burgers and hot dogs on the grill... Sure... Hahahaha... You know me by now, this party has custom printed invites and it's own pinterest board. It will be quite the shindig... If it happens!

Oh... And to add to my joy the weather forecast is for RAIN... Not little summer showers but 2 1/2 days of thunder storms... Followed by this...
They say his name will be Arthur and he is not invited!!! 

Our friends are the ones we stayed with in Montana when we went out there in May... They have been to Maine once years ago and it rained the whole time... 

Their son and Allison planned to go sky diving on Saturday and I am just going to go out on a limb and guess they don't do that in tropical storms! I have it all arraigned for the men folk to spend a day on a lobster boat owned by a friend of ours... I am guessing thunder & lightning will but a damper on that... 
The time I had set aside to wander around the little seaside down towns that are plentiful around here will be hard to do... Even a few days at our camp will seem like an endurance trip! Aghhh... 

I am headed to the Mary & Martha National Conference the day after they leave... there is no margin for error...  I picked the dates, they were totally flexible, so I only have myself to blame. How was I to know that the impossibly beautiful weather we have been having would end so abruptly? Oh and as I have one day left to work on these 10,000 projects it is of course the hottest day of the year so far with incredibly poor air quality so I am hiding inside wheezing! Yay me!

Well, I better go iron & hang the curtains in the room they will be staying in... 

Thanks for listening,