{tutorial} how to publish your blog

My family blog has now become my scrapbook, journal, and family history all wrapped into one.  I started out scrapbooking years ago, but gradually as I had more children, I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to keep it up.  I was sad about it, because I really wanted to have a place to record our journey as a family, display pictures, and remember not only milestones but all the daily events that make up our life together.  About five years ago, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon, and it was a match made in heaven. I quickly noticed that I was writing a lot more than I ever had in a journal, or in my scrapbooks, where the photos tended to be the highlight and the … [Read more...]

Pop! An Easy & Adorable Music Recital Gift

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 There is an UPDATED POST and FREE PRINTABLE!!! \\Music Recital Gift...POP!!!! … [Read more...]

{a 20 minute outfit makeover}

A few days ago I was putting away my girls' laundry in their room, and noticed a plain pair of jeans that they had grown out of--but only length wise.  They still fit them around the waist, so I thought it would be fun to dress them up a little, and turn them into a darling pair of capris.   What outfit would be complete without a matching shirt?  I also found white capped sleeve tee that needed a little face lift, and knew it would be the perfect complement to the jeans. When I saw the Silhouette Free Shape of the Week this past week--a rolled rose--I loved the lines of it.  It was just what I was looking for to complete this outfit makeover!   SUPPLIES: … [Read more...]

Wood Pallet Photo Display

Wood Pallet Family Photo Display

I recently acquired a bunch of wood pallets, and I couldn't wait to get going on a list of projects that I had in mind for them.  I had a vision of using them to display family photos, and there was a blank spot in my house that would be a perfect place for it to settle in. I love love love the end result!  The clothespins make it extremely versatile, and I can switch pictures in and out whenever I like.  I've clipped our most recent family pictures, but I thought about displaying past photos that were taken during the current season or holiday. It would be so fun to feature old Halloween pictures at Halloween, Christmas pictures at Christmas time, etc. Where can you find … [Read more...]

{photography with lei} what’s in my bag?

So here's the infamous "what's in my bag" post... except I'm also going to chronicle for you where I started and where I am now.  Because too often Mom decides she "wants to do photography" and goes out and buys a top of the line camera that she can't for the life of her utilize to its full capacity.  For what it's worth, I think it's important to start small and build slowly.  So I am going to admit to having some really piddly equipment in the beginning.My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot with a whopping 3.3 megapixels.  It was just a point and shoot, nothing fancy, just fancier than anything I'd had before.  Except perhaps the Minolta I checked out and … [Read more...]

{a clean home}

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*****This post has recently been updated, with even more details, and a brand new checklist!! You can read all about it and download it in the new post!   ****** New checklist: ----- I'm one of those crazy people that likes to clean, and I really love a clean house.  There's something about an orderly home that creates a calming atmosphere, and I find that I can manage the rest of my life so much better if my house is clean.  I'm a big believer in "maintenance" cleaning, as opposed to cleaning for hours on one day of the week or before visitors are due to arrive.  It's much easier for me to fit in chores around my schedule during the day whenever I can, and it also allows for our … [Read more...]

{5 minute chocolate mousse}

Valentine's Day is a family day around here, and we always look forward to a really fun dinner together.  I'm all about the dessert though, and to me that means chocolate.  I whipped up this chocolate mousse in about 5 minutes, and it is so creamy and delicious. I served it in small mason jars, with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate.  If you're looking for an easy, quick, and yummy dessert, this recipe is for you!{5 Minute Chocolate Mousse}1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips1 pint heavy cream1/2 c. powdered sugar1 tsp. vanillaMelt the chocolate chips in the microwave, checking and stirring every 30 seconds, until you … [Read more...]

{giveaway} the twinery

 **GIVEAWAY CLOSED***Happy Monday! It's especially happy, because I have an exciting giveaway from The Twinery for you today!  I am in love with baker's twine, how can I not be? Why do I love it so much?  Well, I'll tell you.  I am always looking for craft items that are versatile--that will stretch my dollar and that can be used in several different ways.  Baker's twine most certainly fits that criteria, and lends just the right touch to packaging, gift wrapping, as an embellishment on cards, stationery, invitations, and more.  The cost is reasonable---at around 12 cents a yard it's a bargain, especially when compared to ribbon. Okay, and besides all that, … [Read more...]

{heart tea towels}

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I just love decorating for Valentine's Day, and I especially love when I can make something that's darling, inexpensive, AND simple to make.  Today I have the cutest heart tea towels to show you, and they fit all of the criteria above. It took me less than 20 minutes to make all three, and I {love} them. I read on another stitching project that it was so easy it almost seemed like cheating--and I have to agree!  Their simplicity just adds to their charm, and they will be perfect in my kitchen! These would also make adorable gifts... {Sponge Heart Tea Towel} Supplies:  sponge, flour sack dishtowel, fabric paint, foam stamps Directions: 1.  Cut out a heart from your … [Read more...]

{valentine’s day roundup #4: quick & easy projects}

I love the ideas for today, especially because they can all be completed in about 30 minutes or less. If life has been busy, and you've wanted to do something for your kids, spouse, friend, or another special someone in your life, but haven't quite had the time, check out these fabulous ideas! Make sure to check out the free printables that come with several of the projects--not only are they darling, but they'll save you lots of time!#1) Shower Love Notes {HowDoesShe} - Getting a little dirty, while getting clean... A fun love note tradition. A fabulous *gift* that only costs $5! :)#2) Tied To You {The Dating Divas} - A fun way to prepare the house before your sweetheart gets home! All you … [Read more...]