Happy 10th Anniversary The Cozy Loft!

Good morning lovelies!

Today is April 4, 2018 and it’s the 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY for The Cozy Loft! Has it been a decade already?? I just can’t believe it!

I wanted to do something extra special so I’m doing a giveaway!! You can enter to win by commenting once on any blog post here at www.thecozyloft.com – one entry per day though you can comment as many times as you’d like. There will be several prizes (including a grand prize pack!!) so there will be several winners – yay!!!

Since my Facebook page and blog is about all kinds of things, but mostly girlie, Shabby Chic and artistic/hand painted pretties, you can expect to see plenty of those kinds of things. So much fun!!

One of the items in the grand prize pack will be a Spa Sonic Pro! This is an 8 piece Face & Body Polisher Professional Kit in aqua blue:

There’s more to come and you’ll see those items between now and the end of the month. The drawing will be on April 30th around 6:00 pm CST. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you can receive a notification when a new post is up. All friends and family are invited to participate. All readers are invited to participate. If you are located outside of the USA, there may be shipping restrictions to some areas. Please keep in mind that I may not be able to ship some or all of your winnings to you if there are country restrictions preventing me from doing so. If that happens, we’ll figure out a solution.

Many of the items I’m giving away are specially for women. I know I have many guys who follow my work and f you’re a guy, please feel free to enter, too. There are some things I’m giving away that will be perfect for you and others that you can give away, should you win. Mother’s Day is coming up fast, you know. Wink Wink! <3 

GOOD LUCK lovelies! Most of all, THANK YOU for your support, encouragement and friendship. I am truly blessed by each and every one of you. 

xoxo,

Rhonda

Giving It Up

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a Christian.  I try to always do the right thing, though sometimes there are limitations that cause me not to be able to do everything I want to do.

While I was doing a quick catch-up on Facebook this evening, a friend had posted about Lent. I sit here typing this to somewhat ashamedly say I’ve never participated in giving up anything for Lent before. Maybe it wouldn’t have meant to me in the past what it means to me this year. I don’t know why it’s never been something I’ve been led to do, but I truly believe your heart has to be in it for it to be a blessing. My heart is definitely in this.

So I typed up this little challenge on a sunset photo I snapped this week from my home. If anyone feels so led to join me, I’d love that! Or, you can observe my baby steps through my first Lent participation.

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I’ll post more about it as we go during the 40 days. Here on Day 1, I have this sweater that I’ve chosen to give up:

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There’s something so special about doing this that has given me a sense of purpose and deeper meaning than just “donating something” or “cleaning out my closet”. It’s more than that. Neither my closet nor my pantry are overflowing with an abundance of items, so I feel that this is an appropriate experience for my life right now.  I can’t describe it. But it feels much bigger than me, my little house, my little town, my little state, my little world.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Paying it Forward

Often, I try to pay for someone’s meal in a vehicle behind me in a drive-thru. Most of the time it’s in November and December it seems. It’s awesome, though, I hear of more and more people doing this. Today, to my delight, it happened to me! I was at Chick-Fil-A this morning and a little down because I had a whole lot of driving to do and I’d rather have been in my studio creating. When I pulled up to the window with my money to pay for my meal, the cashier told me the lady in front of me had paid for my meal! So, I paid for the one behind me to receive even more of a blessing from this very generous gesture of the dear lady who’d so anonymously paid for my meal. To my delight as I drove off, I saw the lady behind me pulling out money to pay for the car behind her. I was in tears, I had chills, I felt overwhelmed. So many happy faces left that Chick-Fil-A this morning. Maybe they were having a day like me or maybe they were having a really bad day. At any rate, a bunch of strangers did something completely out of the kindness of their hearts for people whom they will most likely never know.

I may never have a meal paid for again by a stranger in line in front of me…or I may. But, this day, I am truly thankful and grateful to have had that flood of emotion. So many times, it’s the negative stuff we read about or clutter our minds with…but I made it all the way to my destination grinning and happy because of that sweet lady today. And, hours later, it’s still on my mind to share with y’all on here. So one kind gesture can really be more to someone that you can ever know.

Thank you to the dear lady who started the kindness today. I pray you are truly blessed in many ways for your most generous gesture. You absolutely made my day!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda