Welcome to Joyinthejumble.com This Week.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

The purpose of this blog is to be my journal, so you can expect nothing short than my life or my family’s story here. I love to write, especially I love to write about our story. Sharing it is just a bonus, but I always want to tell our story to anyone who would listen. In fact, whenever I have time for myself, you’ll find me at our little garage typing away on my computer.

Oh no, it’s not uncomfortable there at all. My husband, having noticed my fondness to that small little room, decided to convert it into my office a long time ago. I cannot remember the exact time or place it happened. What I remember is going home with everything already in order. He had our favorite Albuquerque garage door service install a brand new garage door which after being there for as long as I can remember, still never fail to amaze my neighbors. You can never underestimate the beauty of a glass garage door.

Anyway, my goal is to write every Wednesday possible; and in a year or two, print them off into a book. At the Casual Blogging Conference I went to last month, they gave me a pass to use over at Blurb. Now I can turn this into a true little journal. I don’t think I will wait to use my free book, and I am excited to work toward this goal.

I invite all of my friends and family to participate if possible. Think about when your children look back to how you viewed life at this point in time. Think of how, with all of the technological abuse around us, we can do something productive and beneficial to our families.

Next week I will be starting also my online store which I would post here. I hope you guys would continue supporting me in my new venture. I would love it if anyone who participated would leave a comment so that we can Laugh…Cry…Sympathize… Enjoy… Absorb together.


In this blog, I have convinced Jill, coming from Create. Craft. Love., to be our regular company each week to help feature YOU! How about, we show our appreciation ny hopping to her blog to send her some words of love?

Jill would especially take part of our Pomp Party. If you look over in the sidebar, you will see the buttons for Pomp Party. Don’t forget to follow the Pomp Party board on Pinterest.

Pomp Party

Pomp: noun

1~ stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence

Party: noun

1~ a social gathering, as of invited guests for conversation, refreshments, entertainment,

Please follow the rules so that it is fair to everyone…

Please link up no more than THREE of your own projects. Link to the specific post, not you blog home page.

This is a family-friendly blog, so keep it nice:)

The Pomp Party will be opened from Friday-Sunday

The following Friday… I will post the Top Viewed links and my Pick of the Week.

Sit and Stay awhile, it is a party after all. Meet some new friends and leave some love for the other guests.

LadyBug Picnic 3rd Birthday Party

I can’t believe Abbie is already 3! Even before her Minnie Mouse Birthday last year… I knew I would do a Ladybug party.

On Abbie’s actual birthday, Matt and I were out of town. So we celebrated it on March 18th… Which also happened to be my FIL’s birthday. He was a good sport about having to share a pink ladybug party with Abbie:)

The colors for the party were
Fuchsia Pink,
Pale Pink,
Lime Green,
Brown Chipboard,
Robin’s Egg Blue,
and Pale Blue

I wanted the party to have a picnic feel to it, and I also wanted everything to be mini.

Mini Menu

BBQ Sandwiches
Mason Jar Baked Beans
Mason Jar Potato Salad
Corn Muffins
Corn on the Cobb on skewers
Ladybug Oreo Truffle Cupcake Toppers
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Watermelon Slice Cookies
Shoestring Potato Chips
Veggies and Dip
Raspberry Lemonade

When a craft store was going out of business last Spring, I bought a bunch of the Ladybug Clothespins for $.20/piece. I lightly brushed them with pink paint so they tied in with the party colors… They worked as excellent food markers.

One of my favorite ideas from the party were grass centerpiece food displays. There were two white picket fence grass plots from Hobby Lobby on sale for $7.99/piece. I cut a circle out of the middle, the diameter of the base of my glass cake stands. I saved the grass pieces to be used or removed in the future. I stacked the cake stands high with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches… Topped with mini pennant banners.

Using baking twine and wooden taster’s spoons, I decorated the mason jars for a simple rustic feel. The little jars were adorable with the potato salad and baked beans nestled inside:)