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  • Crafts/DIY

    Summer Rock Painting and How To Start Your Own Hide and Seek Group

    Rock painting is HOT now! Check out how you can do some of your own summer rock painting and create a hide and see community in their own town!Rock painting is HOT now! Check out how you can do some of your own summer rock painting and create a hide and see community in their own town!Rock painting is HOT now! Check out how you can do some of your own summer rock painting and create a hide and seek community in their own town!

  • 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.

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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

    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…

  • Recipes

    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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    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

  • Recipes

    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…

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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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,  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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Easter Bunny Burlap Banner

    It’s almost Easter and today I want to share with you how to make this adorable Easter Bunny Burlap Banner.  It’s the perfect addition to any mantle, hutch or entryway.  For this project you’re going to need the following supplies: 6-8 burlap triangles, fabric, twine, paint, bunny stencil, craft clothes pins. Using the stencil, paint the bunnies into the burlap.  Becasue burlap isn’t a tight weave fabric you will want to do this on a piece of paper becasue the paint will seep through.  You can do all of the bunnies one color or mix it up to match the fabric ties.  Set aside to dry. Taking your fabric, make…

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    Glittered Spring Home Decor Plaque

    I absolutely love the feeling that SPRING brings!  Growth, newness and a sense of renewal!  It’s not only a time for me to reassess my goal and dreams, but also a time to spruce up my house and bring some fresh color and decorations in!  I happened upon this adorable wooden plaque at Joann’s and just knew that I had to create something with it.  I love the detailed cutouts.  That’s done with a laser cutter and that is definitely on my TO-BUY list….someday.  They’re not cheap 😉 My supplies included a wooden plaque from Joanns (they don’t sell it online but THIS one would work), glitter, any color paint…

  • Inspiration

    Progress is Sometimes Baby Steps – 3 EASY steps to your success!

    Struggles and failures are always going to happen.  They are put in your path to achieving your dreams for a purpose!  Don’t be discouraged!  The dream you have in your head is the dream GOD put there!  And HE is the one working it to fruition in HIS timing.  Sometimes that may take a different path or a different time frame than what you actually thought planned.  Stay the course! Just because you aren’t making progress of fast as you think you should be, does not mean that you aren’t making progress. When you hit the point of feeling like you aren’t making progress in your dreams, take a step…

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    The Simplest DIY of EVER!

    Ceiling Medallion DIY 3 simple steps

    Anybody that creates feels a sense of satisfaction!  Standing in the kitchen and creating a new dish is satisfaction for some. Singing or playing an instrument may bring someone else a sense of fulfillment.  For me…its creating art!  When I say this is the easiest DIY ever, I mean it.  People have PIN’ed this hundreds of times!  (Check out the image at the end to PIN to your own boards!) Art covers a whole realm of things and I’m going to be the first to tell you that I will never be a Picasso or Michelangelo.  Honestly, I’m humbled everyday that people ask me to create for them because the…