Homemade Christmas Wreaths

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I love Christmas.  I love celebrating the Reason of the Christmas Season, The Birth of Christ. So when I do my Christmas decorating, I like to keep the simplicity of the season.  Which fits perfectly with my early farmhouse/primitive decor. One … Continue reading 

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Week #29


Welcome to the 29th week of Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
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Gourmet S'mores
Another chocolate recipe; no one is more surprised than I am, but when you find a fun recipe it needs to be memorized. It is really easy. Easy is my favorite kind of recipe. Since I can’t eat graham crackers or chocolate (they both contain soy), I felt compelled to write about my workaround. This recipe uses cocoa powder and I substituted gingersnaps for the graham cracker. I think they should be called Gourmet S’mores.

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Mixed Media Tags, vintage ephemera, Faber Castell Pitt brush pen
I added some vintage inspired ephemera to each tag with gel medium and highlighted them with either a charcoal pencil or a black Faber Castell Big Brush.
Doing Good: A Seed Grows in Columbus - An Organic, Urban Garden Feeds a Community's Growth
There is nothing more powerful than a woman on a mission.
Great resource if you're trying the 3 Day Potty Training Method with your toddler!
I’ve been kind of a skeptic of the “3-day Potty Training” methods everybody posts on Pinterest.  I mean really, who believes that you can undo a lifetime of diaper use in less than a week?  Well, it turns out that toddlers are smart cookies.

10 Family Dinners That Start with Ground Beef

10 Family Friendly Ground Beef Recipes
If you have a large family or a big group coming over for dinner, you might set right to work cooking up recipes for tacos or making up some hamburger patties. But, what if it’s just you and your small family of 4? What then? You need an action plan and a bunch of family-friendly beef recipes!
20 Tips for Preparing Your Child to Start School - http://ourlittlehouseinthecountry.com #startingschool #backtoschool
Dealing with the emotions of starting school (kiddies and parents!)
The other day one of my kids brought a paper snowflake from school.  They learned how to make these at school in one of their art classes.Then I remembered making these as kid myself. We used to make a bunch of these and glue them to a string to make a garland/bunting to decorate the house
How to Reupholster a Dining Chair Seat + Dumpster Chair Reveal // Budget Girl --- My first try at reupholstering anything. It turned out so much nicer than I imagined! #chair #dining #reupholster #upholstery #decor #furniture
Remember my dumpster chair? I finally finished it! Are you ready? 

DIY Ribbon Organizer Tote

This ribbon organizer tote is easy to make, inexpensive and stackable. I contemplated other storage methods that involved affixing the ribbon spools to a stationary rack, (wall-mounted, etc.) but opted for the flexibility of being able to store and use the ribbon in a variety of locations with this system. 
I love DIY projects as much as
the next gal, but I hardly ever have a few good free hours to devote to getting all the supplies together and completing the project and making a good old mess.  I wish I did but I just don’t.  So when this DIY project popped into my head I knew it was just for me-cute, fun, simple and quick!!  
Raspberry and Mint Scented Water
We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves, but do you actually do it?  I know I don’t!  Water is so blah tasting, so why not spruce it up by infusing it with fruits and veggies.  I figured I would give it a try and if  nothing else, my kids would enjoy it.  Besides it looks so pretty, doesn’t it–kinda makes you want to drink it.  Here are 10 hydrating infused water recipes that look tasty and easy to do.
Eggplant Rollitini Pasta & Fruit Punch in a Pinch
Take a break this summer and make it a summer night in with this phenomenal dinner and cocktail combo that we’re sharing with you today.  We all need a new recipe from time to time, and I can tell you that I for one am always up for trying a new girlie drink!

If You Can Color in a Coloring Book, You Can Paint

Painting is so much fun. I think you’ll enjoy it too. Tole painting allows you to create really 

beautiful and unique things for your home and makes wonderful gifts for friends and family. So grab your surface, your patterns, your paint and your brushes and lets begin this adventure together!





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    DIY Tutorial Thursday: Mod Podge Letters & BABY ON THE WAY!

















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    Ten years ago, my husby and adopted a little, bright and cheery twelve year old girl. No one explained in depth what an emotional roller coaster life would be like for all of us. Sure you are given the ins and outs, but come on, this is life, real life. There is no script that can prepare you for the struggles of when past and present collide.

    And Oh Boy, did they ever collide!

    Fast forward ten years. Our daughter Gracie is getting ready to give birth to our second grandbaby on Thursday! Yes I did say grandbaby! My husband and I were both fairly young, married 5 years with two toddlers when we adopted. I knew there would come a time when I would be a “young” Mimi, but I’m not sure if I was really prepared for when it happened!

    When I think about grandma’s, I think of little gray haired ladies with buns, sitting in the rocking chair. (:
    Not sitting at a laptop blogging about my crazy life of cooking, homeschooling and TEENAGERS!

    One good thing is, I am young enough to chase after those kiddos!  And yes there is more than one.

    Last year Gracie got remarried to a man who has two boys from a previous marriage.  Gracie, has her daughter Lilli from a previous marriage for a total of 3 children.  Now with Gracie getting ready to have Laila, there is a grand total of 4 children 6 and under.  Wowzers!!

    They were very limited on space for a baby room, but after finding an awesome “Closet Nursery” on the ever so wonderful Pinterest, everything started coming together.

    The closet was painted pink, in with the crib, and up with a design on the wall. VOILA!  Ready for baby Laila.


    photo courtesy of my daughter Gracie


    I really wanted to make something special to personalize the space, even if it was small.  I found these adorable letters that came 2 in a pack from a local craft store and they are only appx 3 inches tall.  PERFECT, for above the crib.


    The theme is owls, but I wanted to incorporate other designs onto the letters, so I choose a variety of polka dots, chevron, stripes, and a cool old sheet music design.  I even found a sheet that had all the designs I picked out on that one sheet, which tied the letters all together.



    I pilled out my old Mod Podge and Glue Gun (for owls and birds), and got to work.  I really like using a pencil to trace around the letters on the back of the paper.  It makes it so much easier to cut out evenly.

    After all my letters were cut out of paper, I Mod Podged them onto the wooden letters and added one extra coat of Mod Podge on top to seal them good.

    After all the letters were complete, I added wooden owls and birds to some of the letters to tie the theme of the nursery in!

    I am really excited how well they turned out.  All together it was appx a 1 1/2 hr project.  Not bad for a Crafternoon!



    Did I happen to mention Baby Laila will be making her appearance today?  Yes, you heard right!  My daughter is being induced this morning so Laila should be here before tonight!

    Even though I am so very excited, I am also very nervous.  See, when Gracie was in labor with my grand daughter Lilli, She started having some issues with her blood pressure dropping which caused Lilli to go into distress.  Very scary moment for me as a mom, watching your daughter have complications during Labor.

    I’m asking for Prayers today for Gracie and Baby Laila, that everything will go smoothly!

    And I would love to see any  Mod Podge Projects you are working on!