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Getting Ready for August

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Welcome | Comments Off on Getting Ready for August

Happy Friday friends! How is everyone’s summer going? Can you believe we are just days away from August already.  I’ve just started to plan my fall blog posts and I can’t believe fall is just around the corner!

Well the past two weeks have just flown by.  We’ve had my grandma come to stay with us for two months and I’ve been busy working on projects around here that I can’t wait to show you all.

Coming up on Monday, I have something new for the menu and I can’t wait share with you.  It has been a 5 week project that was a request by my good friend Deanna.  So if you ever have a request, I would love to hear!   Be sure to stop back by on Monday to see what I have for you all.

Here is what I have planned for August: decorating ideas, toddler activities, streamlining life in the kitchen, a kitchen tour, very first give-a-way and a VLOG!  Whew, sounds fun right?!

I’d love for you to join me.

Well, we have had a very full summer so far. Here is just a few pictures from June and July.  I need to get some pictures of my Little Buddy and I.  I don’t have any yet. 😉

I hope everyone’s summer is going great.  Until Monday friends have a wonderful weekend!

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Newspaper Gift Bag

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in DIY, Projects, Welcome | Comments Off on Newspaper Gift Bag

A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make my husband a little treat for his day at work.   He works very hard for our son and I, it was a joy to make this little treat for him.

The first time I tried making the bag, it did take me a good 30 minutes to finish it. Immediately after I made the first one, I tried it again and it took 10 minutes.

It is similar to trying a recipe for the first time. It takes longer the first time because you don’t know the ingredients and directions, but the second time around, “It’s second nature.”

I would definitely make this bag again!

Make this for a friend who is leaving on a trip or as a gift bag for a birthday present!

I’d suggest using light weight items in this specific size bag.  I put a Starbucks coffee in the bag and it was too heavy for the handles. Although, I did use thin ribbon.  It might have been stronger had I used thicker ribbon and eyelets. But for light items, it would work well without eyelets.

What you need:

  • 1 sheet of newspaper
  • 3 to 4 light weight snacks (Preferably your friend or spouses favorites.  I did a protein bar, trail mix, a gatorade powder packet and a Starbucks drink. Aim to use items you already have in your house to save money!)
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets
  • A glue stick
  • Card stock
  • Follow this step-by-step tutorial  (She does a great job explaining it, there is no need to re-invent the wheel.)
  • Write a sweet note to your friend or family member

More then likely you have all these items in your house already, making it cost very little.  I hope you give it a try!  I’m confident your friend or family member will love it!

Would you try making this gift bag? What special treats would you fill your bag with? 

*Find other Frugal Ideas at Life as Mom: Frugal Friday.

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Happy 4th of July

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Entertaining, Welcome | 2 comments

Happy Independence Day my friends!! We wish you a very happy and safe 4th of July.  May your food be amazing and the fireworks be spectacular. Have a fabulous day!

Are you needing some ideas for food today?  Here are some of my recipes! 

Blueberry Bread for Breakfast

Homemade Salsa 

Simple Berry Skewers

Jalapeno Venison Burgers

 What are you cooking up for today’s festivities? I’d love to hear! 

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My Facebook Page

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Welcome | Comments Off on My Facebook Page

Hi Friends, this week I accidently deleted my admin from my Facebook page, which made me loose access to my page.  After spending all week trying to get it resolved, I had no luck fixing it!  Therefore, I had to start a whole new page.  I feel terrible that I can’t even contact those of you directly who liked me already on Facebook to let you know personally, as I have no access to see who has followed me! :( But if you don’t mind I would LOVE for you to follow me again!  Just click “LIKE” on the side bar of this post.  I’m not touching my admin!  So it shouldn’t happen again.

Thank You so much friends for following me my Facebook.  I really appreciate all of you! :-) Have a wonderful weekend. 


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Happy Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Welcome | Comments Off on Happy Father’s Day


To my amazing husband, Happy Father’s Day.  Thank you for all your hard work and providing for us each day!  We love you so much!
And to my Dad, I hope you have an awesome day!  Even though we don’t get to spend the day with you today, we love you  and hope to see you soon.

A Father’s Wisdom

“I guide you
in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk,
your steps will not be hampered;
when you run,
you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction,
do not let it go;
guard it well,
for it is your life.”
(Proverbs 4:11-13, NIV)

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Gratituesday – A New Place to Live

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Welcome | 2 comments

our backyard view 

The past three weeks have been the busiest weeks of our life this year.  I’m amazed at how much energy  it takes to: plan meals, pack, move, travel, unpack and plan more meals. If you have ever moved a few states away, you know exactly how much work and effort it takes!

Last week when I wrote my Gratituesday post, we enjoyed our scenic drive but at the same time we were trying to find a new place to live.  The new city we live in has a very hard rental market.  So finding something that fit our family needs was very challenging.

The two challenging aspects of our move was finding a place and getting it, before the arrival of our household items. On Wednesday last week, we had our realtor (who was absolutely amazing by the way) show us a few rental properties.  My husband and I decided on one, but it wasn’t going to be available until June first. Since the house was empty, our realtor checked to see if an early move in would be an option. And thankfully the landlord would allow an earlier move in.

Thursday, we spent the day getting paper work and deposits funds ready to submit to the property management company. Thursday evening, we received a call from the moving company saying they would be delivering our household on Friday (May 18).  We still didn’t have a house. :( To make matters a little more stressful, if we didn’t receive our household items direct, we would have to wait until June to get our items out of storage!

The application process for our rental property was going to take 3 days. Friday morning came as we used tooth picks to keep our eyes open Ha, just kidding but we were very tired.  My husband and I both didn’t sleep well, we were anxious about finding a place in time.

Luckily, new days provide new opportunities! Around 8:30 am on Friday, we recieved another call from the moving company.  They said we had until 10:47 am to get them a delivery address or our household items would go to storage! At this point we had no delivery address. We scrambled to get ready and out the door.  We called our realtor, who told us to go to the property management company and see if they would be able to expedite the process. We arrived at their office at 9:40 am, Bonnie, the office manager took our paper work, processed it and contacted the owner of the home.

I sat anxiously in the lobby, while my husband chased our toddler on the porch of the leasing office. :)

By 10:20 am, Bonnie said, “You’re approved!” My husband immediatedly called the moving company and with 17 minutes to spare, we had a delivery address for our household items!

Wow, doesn’t God work amazingly!  I honestly believe it was a miracle that everything worked out perfectly. He provided us this miracle to show us that He is caring for us and looking out for us.  Even when we felt hopeless about finding a house, He showered us with hope when He blessed us on Friday morning!

The verse I want to share with you all today is from Isaiah.  The Lord hears your prayer even before you speak it to Him.  He’s always watching over us and He knows what we need at the perfect time.

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
Have a wonderful day my friends!
This post is linked to Heavenly Homemakers Gratituesday.

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