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    Boho Decor DIY – 20 Projects to Inspire You!

    Boho Decor

    If you love all things Bohemian, then you’re going to love these 20 Boho Decor Ideas that are EASY and CHEAP! I love all things gypsy and bohemian! There is just something about the whimsy and relaxed feel that these project spring to a room that gives me all the heart eyes! I thought it would be fun to bring you a collection of some of my favorites! The two requirements was that they had to be EASY and CHEAP so that anyone could recreate them for themselves! Check out my TWENTY favorite Boho Decor Ideas! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon with Brit.Co, then you’re missing out! This…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Wooden Carrots DIY

    Wooden Carrots DIY

    If you're look for a FUN and QUICK craft, these Wooden Carrots are the perfect project! These make the best accent pieces to your Spring and Easter decor.

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    Easy Fairy Garden Water Globe

    Fairy Garden Water Globe

    Find out how can make your own Fairy Garden Water Globe from just a few Dollar Tree items. This is the perfect project to welcome warmer weather. There is something about fairies that make me and most people smile. Fairies are magic and whimsical. That makes this the perfect project to bring a little whimsy to your spring decor. Fairies and glitter – there’s not much else that could make it better! With just a few supplies from the Dollar Tree, you can create your own Easy Fairy Garden Water Globe. Fairy garden figurines A small plastic mason style jar A small bag of plastic Easter grass – since we…

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    Quilted Mother’s Day Plaque + Cricut Explore Air 2 Giveaway

    If you have a quilt-loving momma, she is going to adore this Quilted Mother’s Day sign! Find out how to make your own with this EASY DIY! Being a momma is the hardest job in the world! I LOVE being able to celebrate Mother’s Day and creating gifts that are truly meaningful to the recipient. This week I’ve teamed up with some of my very favorite blogger friends and we’re sharing DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that you can make on your Cricut. I am going to show you how to make this quilted Mother’s Day plaque with your vinyl cutter! Don’t have a Cricut? Well friends, you’re in luck!…

  • Recipes

    The Best Tasting and Softest Homemade Caramels

    Caramels are a favorite candy for so many people and yet making them seems to be so intimidating. I’ll admit, the process takes a LONG time, but the end result is so worth it. If you are patient then the result will be the softest, chewiest and best tasting caramels. Your mouth will be happy. I’ve tried my hand at making caramels a couple times and this recipe, by far, knocks all others out of the water! It takes a few simple ingredients and just patience. LOTS of patience! Here’s how you can make your own chewy caramels! The ingredients for these caramels are very simple – butter, sugar, Karl…

  • Inspiration

    Your One Little Word and How to Apply It To Life

    In 2006 Ali Edwards championed the One Little Word! Since that time, many people have been using one work to help guide them into the new year and beyond. This SIMPLE concept is one that has taken hold and has helped so many see concrete results when trying to change their life! Do you make resolutions or let one word be your guide as you travel through your year? Personally, I started the “One Little Word” a few years ago and I have to say that it has stuck with me far better than any resolution! Check out THIS POST from 2017 when my word was “COURAGE”. It’s a testament…

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    Valentine’s Fortune Cookies – SIMPLE DIY

    Valentine’s crafts are my absolute FAV!! I am smitten with all things pink, hearts, glitter and love and it is one of my favorite holidays. This Valentine’s fortune cookie DIY is going to be a quick and easy project that you can do with the kids and grandkids – or just for yourself since they’re so adorable! These would also be fun to make as a classroom party craft! And to make the process even simpler for you, I’ve attached a FREE printable that you can download that has all of the fortunes already done for you! You just put the cookies together and insert the fortunes and you’ve got…

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    Best Craft Ideas of 2018 From Your Favorite Bloggers!

    Every year at the end of the year, I like to participate in a roundup of the some of the best craft and DIY projects from favorite bloggers! This year proved to be an amazing year with craft projects! Check out some of the BEST CRAFT IDEAS from 2018! Doodlecraft | Simple Washi Tape Birthday Cards: Papercrafting Practical and Pretty | How to Dye with Pine Cones Leap of Faith Crafting | Glitter Tumbler Step by Step Tutorial Glitter on A Dime | Sharpie Mug Bird Feeder Living Letter Home | Knockoff West Elm Curtain Rods The Happy Scraps | DIY Chore Chart With Curved Text In Design Space Dazzle While Frazzled | How to Make A…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Rudolph Rice Krispie Treats DIY – 15 minutes!

    There is nothing I love more around the holidays than creating FUN treats that the kids enjoy making and sharing.  These Rudolph Rice Krispie treats are just that!  FUN to make and share! It’s a simple staple recipe that just has a few additions to create these adorable Rudolph’s complete with the red nose! Here’s how you can make your own Rudolph Rice Krispie treats! Supply list: 3 tablespoons butter 1 (10 ounce) package miniature marshmallows 6 cups chocolate crisp cereal (like Cocoa Pebbles) Red gumdrops (1 for each treat) Large candy eyes (2 for each treat) Miniature pretzel twists (2 for each treat) ½ cup milk chocolate morsels Now…

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    15 Christmas Mason Jar Gift Ideas

    Christmas can be a time of stress and budget busting and Mason jar gifts are a fun way to create cheap and unique gifts for friends, co-workers, neighbors or relatives that we don’t see very often. I’ve scoured the internet and am bringing you some of the the best and cutest Mason Jar Gifts that I could find!  These are all going to be easy on your budget and easy for last minute gift-giving! Check out how to make some Mason Jar Gift Sets of your own for EVERYONE on your list!   Debbie Doos created the most adorable snowman ever!  You can fill this with treats or you can put…

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    Christmas Tree Cookies with Royal Icing SECRET

    It’s not the Christmas season until you are huddled in the kitchen making cookies and other holiday treats!  I have lots of memories of Christmas baking with my mom and grandmother.  Our tried and true cookie was always the cookies that we made with the cookie press.  I LOVED being able to turn the knob on the metal cookie press and make all kinds of designs to decorate!  Amidst all of the baking that I have done through the years, I have always wanted to try my hand at royal icing but have always been too intimidated.  That was until these beauties!!! These sugar cookies are a showstopper! But lean…

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    Learn How To Hand Paint Flowers The Easy Way

    You see them all over in the home decor world now!  FLOWERS!  And not just any flowers, but flowers that are hand painted.  Flowers that look amazing by all these sign makers and stylists and you wonder how you can create your own.  Well, I’m gonna tell you a secret!  They aren’t hard!  And I’m going to show you how to make them,  It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or you’ve been painting for years, these flowers are adorable and EASY! Find out how to make your own hand painted flower! I am a HUGE fan of the DecoArt paint.  They have ALL kinds of paint – meaning paint…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Make & Give Home Apothecary with FREE RECIPE

    Making and giving handmade gifts is one of my favorite things to do!  I try my best to make sure that they are truly something that the recipient will enjoy.  When I got the Make & Give Home Apothecary book from Stephanie Rose, I KNEW that I had to add some of these to my ideas for gift-giving.  Gifts that promote self-care and encouraging a person to take care of themselves are some of my favorites.  I am a new user to essential oils and so these are perfect! Find out how you can make your own with the FREE recipe below! Each recipe is made using herbal and botanical…

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    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Roll-ups

    Pork tenderloin doesn’t have to be boring!  We tend to eat a lot of pork and poultry in our house and coming up with new ways to use cuts of meat makes dinner times a little more interesting.  I truly don’t think our kids realize how thankful they should be that they don’t eat a lot of processed food.  I guess that’s one of the things that they’ll come to appreciate later in life when they are parenting of their own. When I was growing up, I only knew that pork tenderloin was a sandwich!  I remember my mom beating and tenderizing these cuts of meat, coating them in egg…

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    Elf Maple Popcorn

    Popcorn is something that is fun to play with and add different toppings.  The options are endless when it comes to cooking with popcorn!  This Elf Maple Popcorn is not only delicious, but it’s a FUN project to do with your children or grandchildren! Here’s how you can make your own Elf Maple Popcorn! Ingredients 12 cups popped popcorn, salted ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract 1 cup marshmallows 1/2 cup candy covered sunflower seeds, optional, or other multi colored candy 2 cups Bugles Original Crispy Corn Snack Green candy melts Pink candy melts Yellow candy melts Red candy melts Create…

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    Favorite LOADED Smothered Fish

    When is say this will make you a LOVER of fish, I AM NOT KIDDING!  I am not a fan of fish or seafood of any kind and this dish is nothing short of delicious!. My hubby has a passion for cooking and he hit it out of the park with this dish! This Smothered Fish recipe will have you wanting more AND making sure that it’s on your menu all the time! Don’t worry, the kids love it too! Since our kids are not huge fans of fish either, we use Swai fillets.  They are very mild and don’t have a “fishy” taste.  It’s the perfect starter fish! Here’s…

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    DIY Home Address Plaque

    Address signs are one of the first things people see when they arrive at your house!  Mine was a little lackluster and so I wanted to come up with something new that represented us!  I was pretty bored with the generic letters that you just attach to your house or mailbox. I headed to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies and had this one done in about 20 minutes! Here’s what you need to make your own Home Address Plaque! Wooden plaque – there are several different styles in the store and online to choose from. Wooden “Home” cutout Metal craft embellishments Spray paint DecoArt Acrylic paint – this assortment pack…

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    Old-Fashioned Dusty Miller Sundaes

    When I was a little girl, my grandparents owned property at a local lake and I would remember visiting on the weekends throughout the summer.  On our way home, my grandpa would stop at a local ice cream shop and we would get Dusty Miller Sundaes!  I wanted to create something for my kids since I LOVED them as a child.  My grandpa is no longer with us and so this treat is extra special for me to share with my kids. With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own Dusty Miller!  Having this as a special movie night or holiday treat can be the perfect new tradition…

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    Rotel Chicken Casserole

    Having a go-to casserole dish is a MUST have as an adult!  I mean think about all of the events that you go to where you need a DELICIOUS dish to share?  OR, a dish that just provides all of the comfort of food! This Rotel Chicken Casserole is the perfect dish for just those things!  And even better; it takes basic simple ingredients! Here’s how you can make your own TONIGHT! I LOVE grilled chicken with this Montreal Chicken seasoning from McCormick!  It is a staple in our house that we use all the time.  For this recipe I like to use chicken things. While your chicken is grilling,…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Target Dollar Spot Quick Craft

    As if Target’s Dollar Spot didn’t already have my heart, add in holiday decor and I’m am like a giddy little school girl who just laid eyes on her childhood crush! This Target dollar spot craft is the perfect project to do for your kids or grandchildren!  It’s even easy enough that they can help craft with you! Here’s how to make your own stocking holders! This cutie was just $3!  They also have a white house and a black house!  I am thinking snow covered roofs on those with small lights in the windows. I used my Silhouette to create my initials but you can freehand or use any…

  • Inspiration

    2 Steps to Claiming Your Magical JOY

    What is Joy?  According the to english dictionary is is an emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. In order to have magical joy you have to chose yourself. Let me follow up by saying that this isn’t a post about selfishness!  Selfishness in the sense of the word is having NO CARE for others around you.  When you are done reading today, you will see what in loving yourself, you can love those around you with an even greater power! I was in the dollar spot at Target and as if being there wasn’t already my favorite; add in…

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    Quick and Easy Halloween Drinks

      Halloween isn’t all about the treats!  Sometimes some of the best goodies are the DRINKS that you can make and share!  I’ve scoured blogs from some of my bestest friends to bring you some of the most amazing drinks that you can create for your BIG and LITTLE ghouls!! These drinks will be sure to please or SCARE any goblin that comes your way! The first two are sure to make your little monster scream!  Check out these Halloween Mocktails and White Hot Chocolate.  The hot chocolate can be dressed up for Halloween for those ghouls who like things a little more traditional. https://sparklelivingblog.com/2017/10/halloween-mocktails-for-little-monsters/ White Hot Chocolate Artsy Fartsy…

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    Announcing The New Podcast – Flourish

    I am super excited to announce that WE HAVE A PODCAST!!! I couldn’t be happier to offer you another way to get all the goodness that we share here! The FLOURISH Podcast is all about the messiness of life and how to navigate through it all.  Each week, I’ll give you steps and advice on on how to achieve your best life! I’d love for you to jump on the platform that you normally listen to podcasts on and subscribe so you never miss an episode. How can you be a part? SUBSCRIBE – each episode will give you steps and strategies with how to to live your best life…

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    Quick and Easy Halloween Door Hanger

    We are in the thick of holidays decorating!  Once September hits, it’s a non-stop hustle until the end of the year!  This is my favorite time of year to decorate and I know it’s many of yours too!  Decorating doesn’t have to time consuming or expensive though! This quick and easy Halloween hanger can be used in your decor or as a door hanger can be done in at little as 10 minutes AND it was cheap. Here’s how you can make a Quick and Easy Halloween Door Hanger one for yourself! Head to craft heaven (Hobby Lobby) and get yourself the following supplies: Wooden numbers and a small plaque.…

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    Quick and Easy Halloween Wreaths

    Swapping out a wreath on my front door is my favorite thing to do for all the holidays and the changing of seasons!  It’s the first thing people see when they enter your home and no matter what else you have put together in your home for the holidays, a wreath makes a house look complete! I’ve pulled together some of my favorite HALLOWEEN wreaths for you to pick and choose which to make for yourself this year!  I’ve included links for you to hop on over and check out the details on the one you pick! Check out some of my favorite Halloween Wreaths: If a Halloween wreath has…

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    The Ultimate Sweet Pickle

    Sweet Pickles Banner

    Let me start by saying, I am NOT a fan of sweet pickles!  I’ve never found a brand or style that I liked.  But my husband LOVES them.  So I was on a mission to come up with a recipe that pleased him AND me!  That’s a tall order on a typical day.  We are the epitome of “opposites attract”. I SCORED THOUGH!!  These refrigerator sweet pickles are the ultimate in ALL pickles!  Yes, I am claiming that 🙂  These are not your typical canned pickles though.  I haven’t ventured into the world of “real” canning yet, so these will only last in your refrigerator for about three weeks.  They…

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    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover with a Wind Turbine

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover

    Every once in awhile I stumble upon an awesome piece of trash!  Or in this case, my dad did.  You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” As soon as I saw this old wind turbine, I immediately knew that it had to be a PUMPKIN!  I mean look at those lines – I am SWOONING 😍 My dad found two of these amazing wind turbines and snatched them up just knowing that I could do something cool with them.  My husband LOVES {insert sarcasm} trash mysteriously arriving at my house from friends and relatives {love you honey}! This is the simplest project you’re ever going to…

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    Strengthen Your Marriage With A Year of Dates – FREE PRINTABLE

    Building a strong marriage with a year of dates is one of the best things you can do for your relationship!  This is such an easy concept that really anyone can do. It’s an easy way to grow in not only your marriage, but in other relationships, as well. You can use it if you’re married or just dating. It can be used in friendships or with extended family members. It can even be used with each of the children in your family, separately. How to strengthen your marriage –  Give your spouse a “Year of Dates“.  Simply put, it is a pre-set series of dates that will be taken…

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    Dear Teenage Son

    Dear Son, You are foraging into tough years.  I know that and I see it.  Please know, that these years are going to be hard for me also.  Yes, I’ve been a teenager, but now I am experiencing all of it with new eyes.  Please be patient with me as I will be patient with you. Let’s get the first, and most awkward talk, out-of-the-way.  Girls.  I will have HIGH expectations for the girl you will bring around.  I will be jealous.  Yes, I know that sounds weird but you will understand when you have your own little girl.  I will understand that there will be girls you don’t bring…

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    Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with a SECRET Ingredient!

    You can scour the internet and find a MILLION chocolate chip cookies that claim to the be the best tasting ever!  I’m going to encourage you to try these Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and claim them for yourself as your go-to recipe! I’m sure you can recall a time in your childhood that you gathered in the kitchen with your grandma baking cookies or other desserts!  When my son tasted these he said “You know grandma’s make the best cookies and these are the best!”  I guess it took me getting to the grandma stage to perfect the recipe.  This is one that I will make time and time again…

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    EASY School Lunch Ideas and FREE Printable Lunchbox Notes

    With the start of school, many parents are dealing with the packing of lunches every morning and having EASY school lunch ideas makes all of our morning go a lot smoother. Our school offers hot lunches but kiddos prefer to take their own everyday.   And let’s face it, my oldest is 15 and at 6’3″, the hot school lunches never seem to be enough, coupled with the fact that they would spend so much money on ala-carte items to make up for it.  School lunches were getting to be SO expensive for things that in my opinion wasn’t worth it. Buying, packing and getting lunches ready for the day can…

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    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream icing

    It’s time to break out all things FOOTBALL and these Football Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any party you are hosting!  I’m going to show you a super simple way to make these cupcakes sure to make anyone swoon!  And the best part – it’s super easy! If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I use boxed cake mixes in almost all of my baking.  Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker have perfected it so why recreate something that isn’t broken.  Typically I just add or replace a couple ingredients along the way making it “mine”. For this dessert you’re going to need the following! Any cake box mix…

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    What’s My Definition – Five Ways to Find Yours!

    At some point in everyone’s life, we all ask the question – what’s my definition? Life circumstances “shape” who we are but they don’t necessarily “define” who we are.  SHAPE means to influence the development of something or to help something become what it is. DEFINE means to state the “precise” meaning of. Clear as mud, right?!? Think of it this way… It’s time for your loved ones to plan your funeral.  You’re gone.  There will be many stories about the life that shaped who you were. Those stories are simply that – they shaped who you were as a person. What defines you (your definition) is something so much…

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    Stenciling with Vinyl – Easy DIY

    Stenciled Family Plaque

    Created a family home decor sign doesn’t have to be complicated!  You can create your own stenciling with vinyl making this a DIY for any novice crafter! Stenciling with Vinyl – Easy DIY Supplies Vinyl Stencil Pine wood – I used a 9×12 piece DecoArt paint in your choice of colors Coordinating ribbon Paint your board with a base color.  Let dry completely and then apply your vinyl stencil.  Using a foam brush and DecoArt paint, fill in all of the words that need color.  When the paint is complete dry, remove the vinyl.  Using sandpaper or an electric sander, sand down the edges to give it more of a…

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    Creating A Whimsical Window – Paint Pouring

    There is a new technique in the crafting and DIY world called paint pouring!  I thought I’d give a hand at it and share with you my results!  And let me tell you, I LOVE THE RESULTS!!! Paint Pouring this Whimsical Window was SOOOOO easy and so much fun! Decoart created a new product medium that helped take this project from cool to amazing!!  You can hop over to their website and find out all the details on how to use it, but I will give you a quick run-down.  They have some amazing videos that walk you through the process though.  You’re going to want to check them out…

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    Easy Argyle Design DIY

    Decorating does NOT have to be difficult!  Take this Easy Argyle Design DIY for example!  We see busy and intricate designs all over the decorating world and recreating them on your own seem insurmountable sometimes!  You have the chevron, the herringbone, and the argyle, just to name a few! I was commissioned to decorate this room for a makeover that Leanne Lee at Diva of DIY was working on.  She did all the behind the scenes work and getting the walls ready for me to add my touch to.  Let me tell you, this was a FUN project!  Plus I got to hang out with Leanna which doesn’t happen near…

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    Heavenly Margarita Cupcakes

    I love me a good margarita!  And when there is cake involved, that’s even better! These Heavenly Margarita Cupcakes are perfect for your late night indulgences or for entertaining a group of friends!  It’s always a good time for Margarita’s in my mind. When it comes to the world of baking, I believe that Pillsbury and Duncan Hines have it figured out.  I mean why mess with the best!  In 99% of my baking, I use a boxed cake mix.  You CAN make a boxed cake taste homemade! Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the box and then mix in 2T of lime zest. MIX, MIX, MIX!…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Quick and Easy Stenciled Chair Makeover

    Taking an old and worn out piece of furniture and transforming it into a new and pretty piece makes my heart flutter! This Stenciled Chair Makeover does just that!  The fact that this piece has a unicorn AND glitter makes my whimsical heart happy!! If you have an old chair, a stencil, and some paint then it’s time to get to creating one of your own!  Wouldn’t this look amazing in a little girl’s room?  Mine currently resides in my office! I partnered up with Rust-Oleum to bring you this quick and easy DIY that anyone can do! Once I wiped the chair down and removed any heavy residue, I chose…

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    Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath

    Having a Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath to create is a must for me!  I tend to change out the wreaths on my front door as the seasons and holidays change and so quick, easy and cheap are requirements!  Life is just to darn busy to do anything different nowadays! This Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath takes a few simple supplies and some amazing paint! You will need this wooden wreath form from Hobby Lobby OR you can buy it from Amazon. Scrap fabric in any coordinating color. Silk flowers of your choice. HELLO script wood cutout Americana Watermelon Slice from DecoArt or any coordinating color. I previously painted my wood form white for…

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    EASY Summer Bacon Pasta

    Having a dish like this Easy Summer Bacon Pasta to make during the long hot days makes cooking dinner and pleasing your family so easy!  And it has bacon – that makes everyone happy doesn’t it?! We are a family that has boys that play ALOT of competitive baseball and once March hits, I really don’t know what day it is pretty much through July!  It’s intense and makes dinnertime so challenging!  This recipe is perfect because it’s quick and EASY! Here’s how to make your own Easy Summer Bacon Pasta! Ziti Noodles – or any noodle that you prefer 1 pound of bacon – fried and chopped Red Peppers…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    DIY Festival Serving Station

    DIY Festival Serving Station Header

    When I got selected for the Festival Challenge through the Creators Studio with Rust-Oleum, I couldn’t wait to get to creating this DIY Festival Serving Station!! My husband helped me bring this DIY Festival Serving Station to life and so much of the credit is also due to him.  He builds things and I make things pretty 🙂  This piece would be perfect to have on hand for any parties you are hosting or for a simple backyard get-together with friends and family.  Just think of of the possibilities for the 4th of July or for a fun birthday party! This project is for someone that has slight woodworking knowledge. …