Monday, December 13, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays No.42 and BIG NEWS!

First this week I will be sharing with you my BIG sweet daughter Haley got engaged Saturday afternoon out on the beach in front of our condo and this is one excited MOM! Haley and her fiance Cam have known each other since they were in the sixth grade...they met at our church and were both very active in the youth department. They spent years just being friends...that was until June 2006 when the both of them were living at the beach for the summer and the next thing we all changed and they started dating! At the end of the summer they both went back to college and the big problem was...they didn't attend the same college...even worse...they attended rival schools...Haley is an AUBURN gal and Cam is an ALABAMA that could be a huge problem, but not with these two...they handle it very well...they just try not to talk about Auburn/Alabama football too much because they are both HUGE fans of their teams and so are both families! They both have now graduated from college and have jobs in their fields, so they are all ready to spend the rest of their lives together as a married couple.  Mr.CC and I are so happy to have Cam join our family...this young man is a wonderful Christian with great values...he will make an awesome husband and father...that's all we could ask for. Cam talked to Mr.CC last Monday and so we both had a long six days to keep this a secret (believe me...that was one hard thing for me to pull off...but I did it), Haley was sooooo surprise...she had no idea and that's just how we all wanted it. Cam had his two sisters there on the beach all dressed in disguise and walking behind them, so they could get the proposal on video and some pics...job well done...Haley never saw them as they were hiding behind sand fences! Cam asked for our help to get her down to our we had to come up with a reason for her to go...yes we told a little white lie and soon after Cam asked the BIG question...her comment to him was...I can't believe that my parents have been lying to me all week! Next surprise for her was that both families were waiting for them at their favorite restaurant to celebrate with them...I don't think this poor girl could take anymore surprises. After all the celebrating that has been going's now time to get to work and plan this WEDDING...I'm just so excited to share these upcoming months helping Haley plan her BIG DAY!

Now let's get on with this weeks NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party! I have a few Christmas items to share...whatcha you got to share? Don't forget that I'm having a PART TWO of my CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE this week on the 16th...hope to see ya there!

Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your THRIFTY goodies and ideas and I hope you have a fun time here visiting around and maybe even finding some new friends!
Y'all come back now,
Cam was hoping for a beautiful sunset...oh well!

                                                       Just look at those BIG smiles!
                                               Surprise Haley...yes...we were all in on it!
                                         Such a cute couple...match made in heaven!
                                Mom just kept checking it's just sooo PRETTY!
                        Our one...Mr.CC is so happy to have another man around!
                      I was so happy that my mom could be there to celebrate with all of us!

                      Now let's check out some NIFTY THRIFTY goodies! Found this cute kitchen
                             item at a wholesale store a few year shopping wholesale!
                                  A new Christmas kitchen towel found at a garage sale last year!
                    Sharing one of my favorite Christmas wreaths...I've had it for years and only paid
                                                                     pennies for it!
                 Do you love the dollar section at Michael's? If so...check them out after the season
                           because they discount these items...found this "NOEL" ornament for
                                              20 cents...yes...they had their dollar items
                                                 marked down to 5 for a DOLLAR!   
                         My little vintage silver tinsel tree with ornaments from the dollar section at

***Please everyone, follow these guidelines!****

1. Be sure to refer back to my blog so everyone can see who is participating today, include the NTT button in your post (copy and paste the html code under the button…the button is located on my sidebar). Please make sure that you have put my NTT button or my blog name with a link on your post. I have seen that some of you have forgot to do this…so this is just a sweet reminder.

2. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigslist and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Please do not link to an Etsy shop or something similar (I will delete the link...believe me...I don't like doing this).

3. Please go and visit the other participates and leave a comment about their treasures and thrifty ideas…this is what makes the PAR-TAY so much FUN and what a great way to meet new friends. I would love for you to add yourself as a follower if you haven't already and please let me know, I love to know when I have a new friend. I appreciate all your comments, they really make my day.


Courtney said...

Congrats to your daughter! What an exciting time in her life, it brings back some great memories of when I got engaged. God bless!

Have a great night,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a wonderful event. Congratulations to you all. They really are a lovely couple and how wonderful to all be there to share in the joy. Love your decor also. Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party. Hugs, Marty

Lori said...

Congrats, I had two daughter that married one year a part from each other. Lots of work, but way more fun.

La said...

CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting for the happy couple and their families. La

Pam Kessler said...

Congratulations to the happy couple. That is such exciting news.

Jane said...

What exciting news!! I'm very proud of you to keep that secret for a week!! You are going to have such fun planning this wedding. I hope we all get to come along for the ride.
Congratulations to Haley and Cam.

Sharon@Keen Inspirations said...

Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law to be! Thank you for hosting all these thrifty ideas!
Thank you for sharing your joy!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Congratulations to you and of course your daughter!

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule said...

Great news! my son's name is Cam too. must be the name. he is awesome too. he has been married 4 years now and we just had a granddaughter. you have so much great stuff ahead. wedding, babies. i am so enjoying them. good for you and your family. happy holidays

René said...

Congratulations to you and your family Linda! They look like a happy couple and I know you are excited. I will try to join your open house linky.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Congrats, Linda! What a cute couple! And I love your Christmas goodies...and at such good prices! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Unknown said...

well that's just about the sweetest proposal story i've heard in a long, long time. that Cam sounds like a very nice young mad and thoughtful as well. Sounds like he loves your daughter a whole lot and judging by everyone's smiles, a lot of happiness awaiting their future. congratulations to the mother and father of the bride and best of luck with all the upcoming wedding plans. TFS!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Congrats! What a beautiful couple! Thanks for hosting the party!!!


Betsy B. said...

Congratulations! They look adorable and so in love.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Linda, I am so thrilled for you. How exciting!!!! I loved all your pictures. He is a very handsome young man and your daughter is beautiful. They make such a great looking couple. I have a daughter who has been married 3 1/2 years. I had so much fun helping her plan the wedding. One of the most exciting times of my life. And the actual wedding day was so much fun and such a special day! Keep us posted on things regarding the wedding. It will be so neat to follow along with you. I guess the next thing is for them to decide on their date. Oh, I have that same welcome sign with the angel. I love mine! Love & blessings from NC!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Me again. Your family picture is wonderful too and your other daughter is equally beautiful. You are blessed to have such a wonderful family and I know you will be thrilled to have a "new son". Love & blessings from NC!

Donna said...

Congrats to your daughter and to the family! You will have a wedding to plan now :) I can't wait to hear the details.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so happy for you and your lovely daughter! Sounds like you will be very busy in the coming months. Love your thrifty finds. I think after Christmas sales are the best! hugs, Linda said...

So happy for you and your family! A holiday engagement is always exciting :) You're going to have a busy 2011!

All of you holiday decor looks great and congrats on the other "Cam" in your life....AU ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Best wishs to all the happy people. What great pictures of a very happy occasion.

deb said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! So happy for all of you! Such exciting news. Now the craziness begins!! LOL Tanya finally found replacement bridesmaids dresses. Got Melissa in and measured today. Now the HUNT begins for mine...OY!! No JOY LOL Can't even remember the last time I wore a dress HA!

Love your decorations on the cheap! Will have to check out Michaels for sure ☺

*Big Engagement hugs*

Lindy said...

Congratulations, Linda! That is the sweetest story. I know you have to be so excited for your daughter and soon to be son-in-law. I, for one, can not wait to follow your wedding plans and projects. I know, without a doubt, you will come up with the best ideas and that it will be beautiful. Have fun with it! ~Lindy

Savannah Granny said...

Congratulations to your sweet family. Such a happy time. Thank you for hosting. Merry Christmas, Ginger

Vicki said...

Congrats to the whole family. I'm so glad you could be there to share in it! I'm sure we'll all get to enjoy wedding projects now! What fun you will have!

Barbara Jean said...

Oh congratulations to the happy couple!!

Thanks for hosting


barbara jean

Christie said...

Congratulations to the lovely couple!! What a beautiful family and I can just tell 'mama' is beaming from ear to ear!!! So fun!! I pray for the spouses of my young children every day! So wonderful to see your prayers answered! Best wishes to the happy couple and Merry Christmas!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Congratulations to your daughter...she is beautiful. My son just got engaged as well!!

Love all your new holiday treasures, especially that tinsel tree! :-)


Beach House Living said...

Congratulations to your daughter and future son in law.

Kristen said...

Congratulations to your family and especially your daughter! She is just darling, she will make a beautiful bride!

the cape on the corner said...

how wonderful! i love that you were all so involved, from knowing ahead of time to dinner to celebrate!

Rhonda said...

I can't believe ya'll pulled that off! What a sweet story they will have to a video! He was on a mission!
Everyone looks so happy - all of your eyes are lit up like Christmas trees!
Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and her handsome betrothed.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh how exciting! To be able to be included in all of the excitement is the cherry on top....I can't wait to follow all of the plans, you know we all love, love, and love weddings!


Unknown said...

Congrats ! YAY!

Anonymous said...

Awwww, that is just so sweet. Congratulations to the happy couple. Now's when the fun planning begins :)

And don't forget GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!! :)

Abby M. Interiors said...

This was the sweetest post! I pray that my boys will become the men of God I know they can be for their wife and children one day.

Your daughters are darling!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

How exciting! What a great place to get engaged! Everyone looks so happy!

Stacey Merriman said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave a comment! Congrats to you and your family, such a wonderful life occasion to share and celebrate :) I would love to join you on the 16th! i'll be looking forward to it...who knows....maybe I might get that 2nd tree up! God Bless

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Oh, that is the sweetest story! He sounds like a gem and I'm so happy for all of you! You are just going to have a ball helping with the wedding. Congratulations!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Linda, Congrats to the couple! We have several friends with mixed marriages - i.e. Alabama & Auburn! and they are doing just fine, hee hee. Enjoy being teh MOB - what fun! Linda

Tiffany said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting news! They do make a beautiful couple. Some of my best memories with my Mom are from planning my wedding. Enjoy!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Congratulations to the lovely couple!! Looking forward to hearing about the wedding plans!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

How fun! I can't wait to hear all your wedding plans. Ours is April at the Caribe you know.
Enjoy the details~~

Anonymous said...

It's me again :) I've linked my guest bedroom. Most of the details I added to the room were all great budget stretchers. Thanks for hosting again.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning!

How exciting! I bet your daughter is on cloud 9. They make such a cute couple. I hope that they will be very very happy together. What a fun time for you, as well. Good luck and Congrats!

Blessings to you and your new family!

Jeanne said...

Good morning Linda, Congratulations on Haley's engagement. I loved reading the story of their romance. The effort to capture the big moment is awesome. Your photos clearly shows the happy event. You have a beautiful family.

Your Christmas pics are fun and pretty. You know I love a bargain. I love that sweet silver tree and the wreaths.

I was devastated to miss joining your party on the 9th. It slipped right by. I had the 14th in my head but that was today's meme. I am very happy to join you on the 16th.

Wishing you many happy months ahead, planning your darling daughter's wedding.
Warm hugs, Jeanne

Gail said...

How exciting and CONGRATS to your daughter!

Enjoy your day,

Unknown said...

Congrats to your family! Such an exciting time. :) And they do make an adorable couple!! thanks for hosting. xo leanne

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

congrats to all, how fun! thanks for hosting this link party.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How exciting!!!!!!! Brrr it looks cold out there :)

The Single Nester said...

How great! I am sure the coming months will be super fun for you and your family. Many blessings for a great future together!

Michelle said...

Oh my, I feel so silly because I am all teary eyed over your happy news. I think I am just thinking that one day (someday) I will be in your shoes and wonder how I will handle it!!! Congratulations to you all, I pray a life time of happiness for the sweet couple.

Thanks for a great party!!!!

Heather said...

Congratulations to your family, Linda! A wedding is always such an exciting thing to look forward to.

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh my goodness Linda how exciting! Best wishes to your beautiful daughter and congratulations to your handsome son in law to be!!!

Kat :)

Amanda Lee said...

Congratulations! Our daughter was married this summer in a beautiful beach wedding. Weddings are so wonderful -- and so are son-in-laws!

Sue said...

I love the pictures and the joy in your voice! Congrats to all!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Linda!
So glad to hear the wonderful news. Your daughter and her sweetie are the cutest young couple.

Love all your Christmas decor too.


Anonymous said...

You just brought a happy tear to my eye. You are right, what an adorable couple....Congrats to the mother in law to be!

Take care,

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Linda, How exciting! Congrats to the happy couple. Are they planning a beach wedding?

Unknown said...

Well I'm a new follower! I love your blog, am an avid thrift store shopper (I buy most everything second hand)... but my blog posts don't usually reflect any of those items since I'm usually showcasing my custom work - so I may not have the opportunity to join in your party any time soon (but if I decide to showcase some awesome item in one of my posts someday I certainly will join). But I'm going to CRASH your party and look at all the great entries anyway because I too LOVE to shop for thrifty finds ;)

If you have a chance, stop by my blog sometime too - and maybe follow me too? Have a great day!


Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Congrats on the exciting news!! Your family is beautiful!

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