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  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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

    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.…

  • 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…

  • Inspiration

    Pearls of Wisdom – Jennifer Wiltse

    It is one of my heart’s desires to encourage women to be all that they can be.  Life is tough and many times, we make it harder on ourselves than we need to.  We are made to be amazing beings!  And while we ARE amazing – we are far from perfect.  Life is all about embracing our imperfections and making them beautiful. Those beautiful imperfections are what defines you.  It is in those imperfections that we are called to share and create beauty with others.  Just like a smooth marble has beauty, so does a rough and callused oyster shell.  An oyster shell is made to withstand a rough and tumble…

  • Inspiration

    Pearls of Wisdom – Terri Brest

    It is one of my heart’s desires to encourage women to be all that they can be.  Life is tough and many times, we make it harder on ourselves than we need to.  We are made to be amazing beings!  And while we ARE amazing – we are far from perfect.  Life is all about embracing our imperfections and making them beautiful. Those beautiful imperfections are what defines you.  It is in those imperfections that we are called to share and create beauty with others.  Just like a smooth marble has beauty, so does a rough and callused oyster shell.  An oyster shell is made to withstand a rough and tumble…

  • Inspiration

    Have Courage To Follow Your Own Path

    We don’t always know what our path is. Paths take sharp turns sometimes and other times they are gentle. Sometimes there are steep hills to climb and other times there may be downed trees to move so you can clear the way for you to continue. At the end of the path is God. Waiting for you, to tell you “job well done”. You’re gonna fall. You’re gonna skin your knee and there are times you may break some bones. You start on this path by yourself and you pick you people along the way go help you navigate it. Some of those people take a turn that you aren’t…

  • Inspiration

    Middle of Nowhere or Center of Everything?

    Middle of nowhere or center of everything? Middle of nowhere – the place of no contact with anyone or anything. Lost and distant from the connection in the world around you. Nothing that you know or anything that brings you comfort is around. The place where you feel fear and anxiety. Focus is on what you lack in the world. Center of everything – the place of centeredness and centering your soul. Connecting with the world even if no one is around. The vast openness brings you comfort in knowing there are things greater than you. A place to become grounded in who you are. A place where you feel…

  • Inspiration

    So Goes A New Heart

    When things become dilapidated, they need repair.  You can drive down any inner-city and see the amount of work that would need to be done in order to rebuild it into a thriving economy.  Things are built and then become old and need repair.  Sometimes that repair comes from the tearing down of the physical structure and rebuilding on a new foundation. So goes a new heart.  Sometimes we need to build that on a new foundation. There comes a point is some people’s lives where all of the pain and hurt that they have carried for years comes crashing down on them.  It may be the pain and hurt…

  • Inspiration

    Your Blessings Start at Home

    “Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside”.  Let’s face it, there are some days where life just feels downright crummy on the inside!  We get “stuck” in the day to day treachery of living the best life we can and sometimes we can barely see above the pile of dirty laundry or dishes to ever see where we can be a blessing to others.  I’ve always likened life to a series of mountains and valleys.  We all hit the valleys of despair and rise to the mountain tops to rejoice!  You can’t have one without the other.  After every…

  • Inspiration

    Love and Commitment

    Love and Commitment.  These words go hand in hand when you are talking about marriage.  That doesn’t mean that it all comes easy though. In the beginning, it’s all easy.  You meet someone you are attracted to, want to spend all of your time with, and share all of your life dreams with.  It’s easy.  You love this person with your whole being.  You want to commit to making this person the happiest and vice versa.  You envision a life of nothing but happiness because you vow to let nothing keep you from that. Then it gets hard.  Life gets hard.  You create a family.  You share this oneness but…