{teacher gift ideas} “mint” to be, an apple for the teacher

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 I love sending a little something for the teacher on the first day of school, and I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite ideas. {an apple for the teacher} Yummy caramel apples are always a huge hit! My kids love to decorate the apple for their teacher, and while they're not perfect, they're totally charming.   It doesn't have to be covered in caramel to be cute though--place a stick in an apple, and add your tag.  SO cute! What about a whole bag of apples? .....  {"mint" to be} Andes Mints are my son's favorite candy, and they were the inspiration behind this yummy idea.I put them in a Crystal Light container--which I LOVE.  The wrapping isn't … [Continue reading...]

{monogrammed window}

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I have a slight obsession for old windows.  I {LOVE} them. My family knows if I see one on the side of the road I'll stop to check it out--no matter where I'm going or how I'm dressed.  I think I have at least 10 windows sitting in my garage right now, and several more in the workshop. I recently came across a bunch of them that had a solid piece of glass in the middle (no dividers), and I was excited about what I could do with them.  I was even more excited when I realized that one of them was the perfect size for a wall I have in my foyer--I have struggled with what to put there for a long time. A monogrammed window was the perfect solution!!! I'm sure you've seen canvases covered with … [Continue reading...]

{giveaway} mixed bag designs


***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Who doesn't love a great bag? (me, me!)Mixed Bag Designs is the place to go to find a bag for any occasion, in tons of different sizes, colors, and patterns.  Each bag can hold up to 50 pounds (some of then over that), and is made from recyclable materials.                                                                  They have department store bags, … [Continue reading...]

{weekend recipe edition} the most delicious thing you’ll ever eat


Okay, so my husband and son were off to Scout Camp this week.  Yes, I was alone for eight days with the four littles.  We had some really great times, but by yesterday, I was REALLY ready for something yummy.  With chocolate.I have a slight obsession for Food Network, and one of my favorites is Giada De Laurentis.  I was watching her show this week, and she made the most delicious looking and tempting chocolate & caramel bars that I think I've ever seen. I knew I had to make them. Right away.Let me just warn tell you, these are perfection.  The crust is exactly right, and complements the buttery, chewy caramel and rich chocolate so each bite just melts in your … [Continue reading...]

{easy labels and tags}

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The cute Miss Tam from Sew Dang Cute asked me to do a guest post while she was enjoying her sweet new baby boy, and I was delighted to do so. I posted about one of my favorite ways to make tags and labels, and I thought I would share it here with you today! ..... I love tags.  And labels.  I adore how organized they make me feel, and how they look.  I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite ways to make labels for baskets, although this method could be used for luggage, bags, and a million other things. It's easy, cheap, and you can do it with just your printer, stamps, or whatever you like. Seriously, you will not get any easier than this!!! I really needed labels for … [Continue reading...]

{photography with lei} how to shoot in manual mode


Hi friends! It's been a while! Hope you all have enjoyed your summer... we just got home from vacation, which we enjoyed immensely. But it is definitely time to get back into a routine!When we last interacted we discussed aperture, shutter speed and ISO, the 3 components required to achieve a proper exposure. We learned how to shoot in aperture mode, and shutter mode. I don't know how many of you tried it, but I was mistaken in saying that your camera will set the ISO for you automatically. You should have control over both the function you choose (aperture or shutter speed, AND your ISO). Sorry for that misunderstanding!Today we'll talk about how to shoot in manual mode. As you know, manual … [Continue reading...]