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  • 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…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

  • 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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover with a Wind Turbine

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover

    This is the ultimate trash to treasure! Grab an old wind turbine and learn how to make your own trashy pumpkin in less than 10 minutes. 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. …

  • Inspiration

    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…

  • Inspiration

    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

  • Organization,  Recipes

    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

  • Inspiration

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Recipes

    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. …

  • Crafts/DIY

    Hello Summer Banner Sign

    The changing of the seasons is always a fun time to spruce up your decor!  This Hello Summer Banner Sign is the perfect project for you to create this weekend and have it ready to display on your fireplace mantle of in your entryway.  The fabric strips create a sense of whimsy that is make this project FUN to create. You only need a few supplies that you may have around the house! A wooden 1x12x18 pine board, two cup hooks, a “Hello Summer” stencil, multiple colors of paint, a piece of twine, and some scrap fabric. Using a dark or grayish colored paint, slightly water it down to make…

  • Recipes

    Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Nachos

    When you have a dish that is quick to make, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and the kids ask for it – you make it a staple in your family!  These BBQ Chicken Nachos are ALWAYS a hit in my house with the boys, especially when they have friends stay the night.  It is so easy to make a lot.  When you’re feeding teenage boys, that’s a huge plus! After your chicken is grilled, you can have this dish ready in 15 minutes! I like to batch cook – although it doesn’t always get done.  We tend to eat a lot of chicken in our house and so taking…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Four Steps To Creating A Fairy Garden In 15 Minutes

    I have wanted a fairy garden since I was a little girl!  There is a sense of whimsy and imagination that comes along with fairy’s that I think everyone can appreciate.  You can make a fairy gardens large or small depending on your space, time and budget.  Fairy gardens are also great ways for kids to learn how to take care of plants.  Let each of your kiddos create one of their own to tend to throughout the year! There are 4 simple steps to creating a fairy garden! Once you know what they are and have all of your supplies, you’ll have  yours done in 15 minutes!  Get the…

  • Recipes

    Lemon Pound Cake

    There’s something about the taste and smell of lemons that makes me think of warmer days and happiness!  Are you the same way?  This Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat to make for a small get together or to package up for gift giving.  Want to greet new friends to the neighborhood?  Give them this delectable treat! Treating friends and family with food is a love language I’m sure everyone appreciates.  Especially when it’s as good as this lemon pound cake. Here’s how to make this deliciousness! Cake Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 ½ lemon juiced and zested 1 ½ cup flour…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Chevron Mason Jar Holder with Chalkboard

       The changing of seasons always signals the changing of decor to some.  Creating a welcoming porch is the first thing you should think of when thinking of home decor.  Your porch is the FIRST impression that you give friends and family. when they visit.  This Chevron Mason Jar Holder with chalkboard is the perfect way to swap out seasonal flowers and with the chalkboard, you can write fun notes or welcome the upcoming holidays!  With just a few supplies, you can have your own made in no time! Supplies for Chevron Mason Jar Holder 1×8 piece of pine wood.  One cut at 15 inches and one cut at 4…

  • Inspiration,  Organization

    Creating A Spa On A Budget

    In home spa

    When people think of a spa they think of “expensive”.  I know I do.  While I would love to have spa days at least once a month where someone else does all of the prepping and pampering, real life doesn’t let that happen.  Creating a spa on a budget in your own home doesn’t have to be expensive though.  AND, you can get the same added benefits of paying hundreds of dollars for someone else to create one for you. Creating your own spa is easy when you use your 5 senses!  It’s that simple! Sight – candles are the first thing that people think of when it comes to…

  • Inspiration

    Success Versus CRAP Identity?

    In order to achieve success you have to believe that you are capable of achieving it.  What is success versus crap identity?  Many of us have a lot of CRAP that we tell ourselves.   That we aren’t smart enough or good enough.  We have limiting beliefs inside of us that hold us back from the true successes that are within our reach.  Another CRAP thought is “I’m stuck!”.  It’s those limiting beliefs that keep us from moving forward.  You become frustrated and have difficult times because of these limiting beliefs.  That CRAP is what is keeping you from succeeding.  Simply put, you are letting that CRAP be your identity!  If…

  • Inspiration

    How To Manifest Your Success In 6 Easy Steps

    “It’s never too late to be happy.”  “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  You’ve heard it been said before.  “Take today and move forward.”  But how do you manifest your success?  I’ve got 6 easy steps for you to implement TODAY that will put you on a FAST path to your success! These 6 steps will keep you emotionally and mentally strong to stay the path to success no matter what that means in your life. Our lives are solely in our own hands. While we can elevate others to places of great importance in our lives, ultimately if we are not happy, no one…

  • Recipes

    Quick and Easy Pizza Bruschetta

    I love taking a traditional recipe and using it in a slightly different way just to keep dinner time exciting and a little different.  This quick and easy pizza bruschetta is perfect for just that!  There’s something about taking a meal that you normally eat with silverware and making it into finger food that makes everyone enjoy it just a little bit more.  My boys loved these as a quick bit on the way out to baseball practices and games.  And it doesn’t take any extra time than you would normally spend on making spaghetti! Here how you can make your own Quick and Easy Pizza Bruschetta! Using any kind…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    DIY Window Jewelry Holder

    DIY Window Jewelry Holder

    Most DIY projects take something old and turn it into something new!  Decorating with windows is all the rage right now!  Where once there was a limitless supply of windows, there is now a shortage of sturdy old ones that you can create into something new!  If you get your hands on one, you’re going to want to make this jewelry holder!  In comes the DIY Window Jewelry Holder!  It’s time to transform the old and boring into something AMAZING and FUNCTIONAL! All it takes it a little bit of time to transform it into something amazing! Clean up your window and paint it whatever color you like.  If your…

  • Crafts/DIY

    St. Patrick’s Day Glitter Wreath

    St. Patty’s Day is the perfect reason for me to create a GLITTER wreath!!  I love attending the St. Patrick’s Day parades and wearing green but I’m far from being Irish.  I’m a bandwagon girl when it comes to this holiday 🙂 St. Patrick’s Day is a day to enjoy the fun and break out of the normal routine for a little bit.  It’s a day to embrace the kid in your and wear fun clothes and celebrate, just because! This project can be done in as little as 20 minutes! Supplies needed: 8 inch metal wreath form 10 inch wooden disc found in the wood supply department at Hobby…

  • Inspiration

    I Hope You Fail – How It Will Make You A Better Person

    I hope you fail!  I really do! When someone says “failure” usually the words that come to mind are sadness, fear, making a fool of myself, desperation, panic, shame, and heartbreak. But here’s what else you need to know about that word!  Helping, generous, openness, knowledge, bravery and courageous are all built from failure. To pretend that we can get to the latter emotions without feelings the pains of failure is a dangerous and misguided assumption. Your failure is guiding you to greater things. It is preparing you for interactions with others in which you will be viewed as the brave one and the generous one. You ever have those…

  • Recipes

    Easy Turkey Sausage Hash

    Turkey Sausage Hash

    I’ve got a recipe for you that isn’t fancy but it’s delicious!  I made this sausage hash and my hubby was in AWE!  He couldn’t believe it was so simple when I told him how it was made!  This is the meal you need when you’re running short of time and need something that will keep little bellies full 🙂 This is the secret ingredient that makes it OH SO TASTY!  Lawry’s Cesaro Total Seasoning!  This is my go-to seasoning when I am cooking about anything.  CLICK HERE to buy from Amazon.  It is also sold at MOST retailers. Dice your potatoes (I use gold potatoes) and brown them in…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Kid’s Valentine’s Craft – Tic Tac Toe

    Tic tac toe craft for kids

    I remember playing the game of Tic Tac Toe as a kid and loved it!  I think it’s something that every kid enjoys no matter how old they are!  Here’s a craft that will be perfect for the kiddo’s to help you with!  I’ve made it small enough to fit in your purse so you can play with your kiddos when you’re out at dinner and playing the “waiting game” for your food.  OR, it will keeps kids entertained on long car rides!  This will make the perfect Valentine’s gift for any kiddo in your life. It takes just a few simple supplies:  scrap wood (roughly 4″ square), buttons or…

  • Recipes

    Easy Chinese Kung Pao Chicken

    I am a picky eater when it comes to anything Chinese and we’ve never been able to create a dish at home that was something we wanted to make over and over again!  So when we got this jar of P.F. Chang’s Kung Pao sauce from Influenster to try out, I had high hopes!  And let me tell ya – it delivered TENFOLD!  They sent us a sample recipe to try (which you can download HERE) but with the hubby being a self-made chef, he wanted to try his hand at something that was “his own”.  He knocked it out of the park, ladies!! P.F. Chang’s Home Menu line has…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Scrap Wood Photo Frames

    Scrap wood photo frames are so easy!  If you’ve got scrap wood (most people do) then you can make a frame in just MINUTES in nearly any size!  As a creator who does a lot of woodworking, I have a LOT of scrap wood.  Because these are so quick and easy to make, you can make them to match any decor AND change them for the holidays!  Another SIMPLE and CHEAP way to decorate your home on a budget! All you need is scrap wood, some vinyl polka dots, scrapbook paper, twine (or ribbon) and small clothespins! I’ve attached the YouTube video below that walks you through all of the…

  • Recipes

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Mixing cinnamon rolls and french toast creates a marriage made in heaven! In comes the Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole!  Whether it’s a busy holiday or a lounging weekend – this will be sure to please everyone! I prefer the weekends of lounging.  But being a family of boys that play lots of sports, many of our weekends are spend traveling to another town and spending many long hours as games and tournaments.  When we do have a FREE weekend – this momma’s heart sings!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE watching my boys play baseball – it’s one of my favorite things – but sometimes it can WEAR…YOU…OUT! THIS…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Home Decor Holiday Printables!!

    Blog Post Image - Home Decor Holiday Printables

    I LOVE decorating for every holiday and season!  But having different decor for every…single…holiday or season can not only take up a lot of storage space, but it can take a lot of your budget too!  And for someone who has resolved to tighten down her budget this year, I don’t have a lot of excess to spend. I figured, why not create some holiday printables that you can swap in and out of pictures frames!  It’s easy and CHEAP!  Don’t stress on redecorating an entire mantle for the holidays!  Sometimes all you need is a little added picture to dress up a whole room and give it a new…

  • Crafts/DIY

    “I LOVE US” String Art DIY

    String art is a hot thing right now – I just despise (like really, really loathe) hammering in all of your nails.  For small projects, such as this one, thumb tacks make it SO much easier!  However, thumb tacks are not very appealing to the eye that’s why I painted the heads of them to match this project!  It’s like I won the lottery when I thought of that!  I mean really – doesn’t painting a  thumb tack get you just as excited?  Haha! Here’s what you’ll need for the project!  I LOVE using DecoArt paint!  It is the perfect paint for wooden boards and metal thumb tacks! I also…

  • Inspiration

    10 Books Every Woman MUST Read

    I LOVE reading – so much so that it can seem to take over my life sometimes.  Especially if I find a REALLY good book.  I’m sure you have all read a book like that a time or two.  There are so many benefits to reading! Reading chills you out!  Life can be pretty exhausting sometimes and picking up a good light-hearted book is the perfect medicine! It helps you focus!  Reading helps you maintain and increase your focus. Your empathy grows!  Learning and reading about other people’s lives automatically gives us more empathy to the people around us. Self-help books can ease the symptoms of depression!  They automatically give…

  • Inspiration

    This Is YOUR Mountain to Climb and How To Do It When You Don’t Have the Energy!

      That hard time you’re in – have you ever considered that maybe it’s the mountain you’ve been assigned to tackle!?! [bctt tweet=”Maybe, you are meant to climb it and prove the strength and determination to yourse lf and God!” username=”RuffledDaisy”] Maybe, you are meant to climb it so you can share with others at the top that it IS possible! Maybe, you are supposed to forge a new path and get around it or over it in an way that is a little unconventional! This is YOUR mountain! It’s been assigned to you because GOD believes that you can handle it! [bctt tweet=”You’re going to experience wind, snow and…

  • Inspiration

    How to Embrace Your Season of Fruitfulness

    We all have a journey and we all have a time to be great!  For each one of us, that looks and feel different. Some of us are babies and just blooming. Blooms bring newness. There is an innocence that we need to hold onto!  Blooms bring a sense of peace. Blooms are still growing and are fed from their base. We bloom for a short period of time.  There is greatness in blooming!  It’s our time of soaking in all that is around is! Some of us are the red blackberries. These are the times of hard growth. We’re aren’t yet ripe, but we have beauty. Some appreciate us … the young…

  • Organization

    Weekly Perpetual Coloring Calendar

    Perpetual Weekly Coloring Calendar

    Hey friends!!!  It’s time for a new year, which always means time to get organized!  The holidays are always a time of chaos and stress and everyone looks forward to a new time of renewal and goal setting! To help you get back on track after the holidays, I’ve created this Weekly Perpetual Coloring calendar to help you do just that!!!  If you LOVE to be organized and you LOVE to unleash your creative side and do a little bit of coloring, then you’re gonna appreciate this!! For just $5 you get a weekly calendar that includes 14 different images to color!  That means you can download it one time…

  • Inspiration

    Reclaiming Your Life – Printable Download

    2017 for me has been a year of LOTS of changes!  Changes that were welcome and changes that weren’t.  Changes that stripped me down to my core and changes that built me up.  Every January people make resolutions with the greatest intentions that this will be “their BEST year”!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to start the year with such great intention and motivation.  What’s hard is coming back to the plans that you had when things get hard and life knocks you down.   You have a resolution to lose weight?  You get knocked down and off track when you get off track for a bit. You have…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    The BEST Crafts of the BEST Blogs in 2017

    Mandy over at Sugar Bee Crafts complied a list of the Best of the BEST – the very top post of 2017 from amazing craft bloggers!  It truly is the Motherload of Awesomeness… check out over 30 of the The Best of the Best in 2017 crafts!!  Here ya go!! Best of 2017 crafts   Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers See Lindsay: Maui Costume Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Building Your Own Christmas Eve Crate!

    It seems to be a tradition for some people to give gifts on Christmas Eve!  In doing a poll on Facebook, the most common gifts consisted of pajamas for the family, slippers, movies, popcorn, and maybe another form of treats/candy for a movie night!  I don’t do the movie and treats, but we do give pajamas!  The kiddos look forward to it every year.  Even with my grown children who have moved out still expect it 🙂 I created a box of my own to coral all these goodies in and I want to show you how to make one of your own!  I also made it reversible so you…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Wooden “Ho Ho Ho” Blocks

    Holiday decor seems to change every year for me!  Since I dabble in woodworking and love painting, I am always making new things for my mantle or porch!  Every year I have a favorite, and this year, it may just be these!  I had some extra bells hanging around from another project and so I wanted to put them to good use. Here’s how to make your own “Ho Ho Ho” Wooden Blocks! You’re going to need three pieces of wood that are approximately 6″x10″.  I use pine wood which makes for easy cut and it’s wide enough to stand on it’s own.  You’re also going to need a drill…

  • Recipes

    2017 Annual Christmas Cookie Round-up

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Cookie Round-up!  Check out these goodies that some amazing ladies across the web have been creating!  I’ve gathered some pretty unique cookie recipes for you this year that I think you’re gonna love! Amanda over at Domestically Creative made these healthy LOW CARB snickerdoodles!  YES, you can eat around the holidays and stay on your diet! Low Carb Snickerdoodles Stephanie over at Parenting Chaos shared with us this adorable coal cookie!  My kiddos would love creating these! http://parentingchaos.com/coal-cookie-recipe                   Lisa over at Snappy Gourmet shared these mudslide cookies!  They even have some added Kahlua and Bailey’s…

  • Recipes

    Butterscotch Marshmallow Pumpkin Tart

    During fall and winter, it is all things pumpkin!  In our house there is never a shortage of pumpkin anything and every year I try to create a new recipe!  In comes the Pumpkin Marshmallow Tart!  I made one of these for a get-together I was hosting and let me tell you – one was not enough!! It takes SIX simple ingredients!  The only thing you really have to do it mix the sugar and the pumpkin pie mix.  The rest is just assembling and baking. These three treats right here is what is going to make this over-the-top AMAZING!!! Set out your pie crust to come to room temperature. …

  • Inspiration

    Holding Others As We Are Held

    Babies are born with a preciousness that is beyond explanation.  The term precious means “honorable” and “of great worth not to be wasted or treated carelessly”.  We hold every newborn with a sense of preciousness.  Even in holding them, we are extra cautious..  They are innocent from the sins of the world and bring a sense of great worth when they come into being. Then we grow up.  As a toddler we commit sins in a selfish nature when we don’t want to share a certain doll or toy truck.  Simple, but nonetheless, a selfish sin.  As we grow older we may commit other, greater sins.  Maybe as a teenager…

  • Inspiration

    Finding the Beauty in Your Struggle

    The caterpillar and the butterfly is the epitome of beauty grounded in struggle.  The process of morphing from a caterpillar into a butterfly is actually a very painful process.  It’s hard to see when we are in the middle of the struggle, but when you arrive on the other side, 99% of the time, you begin to see where the beauty was hidden or when it emerged.  Even in death there is more waiting to be seen.  For almost everything, the beauty of the struggle is there waiting to be seen. It’s no secret that I suffer from depression.  Some say it’s due to circumstances surrounding me and others say…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Holiday Slime DIY

    If you have a kid, this is one of the DIY Slime best crafts to do with them!  Even as an adult, it’s enjoyable to make slime – and the added glitter makes it extra cool! I searched many DIY slime recipes online and tweaked a few of them to make this one.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients that most everyone has on hand.  The only thing I had to buy (minus the glue) was the contact lens solution. Here’s how to make your own DIY Slime Elmer’s Glitter Glue and Clear Glue – (used two bottles just because of the amount I wanted to make for…

  • Recipes

    Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pumpkin Marshmallows

    Everyone loves a good cookie and this one is a combination of all the amazing deliciousness! “If you’re a cookie lover, butterscotch lover, chocolate chip lover, or pumpkin lover – this is YOUR cookie!!” It’s basically my staple chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of butterscotch chips and diced pumpkin marshmallows.  With that being said, you can made this work for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!  If you don’t have a family favorite, try this one.  You’ll be glad you did. The special ingredient?  Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows!  You can only find these during the fall season – so make them while you can!!  And while you’re…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Hutch Makeover with Tile!

    I think most of us have a hutch someone in our house or have visions of having one!  To me they are the a versatile piece of furniture that can fit into any home.   They are beautiful themselves but sometimes they just need an extra bit is beauty to make them AHHMAZING!! I found this hutch that was a worn-out dated yellow color!  I’m sure in it’s day it was perfect for the homeowner, but it wasn’t the look I was going for.  I was, however, drawn to the detail!  All those little nooks and crevices really stand out when you use a wax or glaze over the top of…

  • Recipes

    Cinnamon Caramel Muffins

    Cinnamon and Caramel – there are literally no two better things in the world to me!  AND when it’s an easy recipe to put together, that makes it even better!  Sure you can make your own cinnamon rolls but when Pillsbury already has a good one that’s quick, why not use it! All you need is these two simple ingredients: Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and some caramels! I used the Kraft Sea Salt Caramels because I like the combination of the salty and sweet.  Then you just need a cupcake pan!  Cute liners make a difference too 😉 Flatten each cinnamon roll out with your fingers and wrap a caramel candy…

  • Inspiration

    Success at Work VS Success at Home

    Business’s grow a lot faster than people do!  With the rise of social media, businesses can sky rocket through the roof and if you aren’t personally keeping up then you’ll get left behind.  This year, The Ruffled Daisy celebrated 8 years of being in business!  It’s been an amazing 8 years but it’s also been a challenging 8 years.  Running a business on your own (with just the hubby’s help) is a lot of work.  Some days were spent not giving enough to my husband and kids because the business needed me.  Some days were spent stressed and frazzled because I didn’t have enough hands or hours in the day.…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Scrap Wood Halloween Black Cat DIY

    Black Cat Scrap Wood DIY

      Every house needs some Black Cat decor for Halloween!  You can make these “scary” or “cute” AND they’re the perfect craft for the kids to help paint! Here’s how you can make your own black cats with your kids! All you need is scrap wood, paint and raffia!  Seriously ladies, it doesn’t get much easier than that!  If you don’t have raffia on hand, you can use twine.  Just unravel the ends after you tie it in a bow so it’s “wild” like a cat’s whiskers 😉 Let’s get started: You need (1) 2×4 cut to about 8″ give or take.  This is purely preference. You can also make…

  • Inspiration

    Thank you!

    Thank You to those that have hurt me.  You have made me a stronger person.  You have shown me who I do not want to be.  You have helped me see what I need.  You have given me the clarity when seeking relationships. Thank You to those that have loved me.  You have helped me see what love really is – even when it hurts sometimes.  You have made my heart a little bigger.  You have made my soul a little happier.  You have shown me that giving love is receiving love. Thank You to those that have believed in me.  You have made me feel worth it.  You have…

  • Business Life

    5 Things No One Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur!

    Wanna ROCK living the American Dream?? Oh, the American dream of being an Entrepreneur! People wanting to work for themselves and not having to punch a time clock or answer to anyone else.  After all, if you can do what you love then WHY NOT?!  There are lots of benefits of working for yourself. It’s on your schedule. You set the bar on what you want to make. You are your own boss – simple as that. You get to experiment and not be subjected to the rigid rules of a corporation. Look at social media!  ALL of the entrepreneurs portray that they have their shit together and life is…

  • Inspiration

    It’s an Ugly Beast!!

    I’ve tried for several years to make a name for me.  Something that made me feel accepted.  Something that was mine.  Something that I needed others’ approval to succeed in.  But it failed.  It’s ok.  Because in the long run, it doesn’t matter what you give and share to others, if you are doing for the glory of kudos, then you will end up empty.  You have to be doing it from your heart.  Don’t get me wrong…all of my creations and writings are from my heart, but the disconnect comes from when you are wanting to feel the acceptance from others and not always getting it.  Depression talks to…