{love at home} subway art


 UPDATE!!!!I've had problems with the site I was using to download these from.  If you would like one, please e-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com, and I'll happily send you the file you want.  Thank you! .....I was playing around in Photoshop last night (at 1am--couldn't sleep), and decided to try my hand at subway art.  Can you believe I've never done anything with it before? I'm not sure why, but I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with.  I think I might be hooked.  :).....These files were created as 16x20 images, but you can easily print them in 11x14 or 8x10. .....P.S.  If you really want a different color than I have here, … [Continue reading...]

{free slurpee day!}


Is it as hot at your house as it is at mine? Well, it's your lucky day, thanks to 7-11!  Today marks the day of their 84th birthday, and they are celebrating by giving away free 7.11 ounce Slurpees.I know where we're going tonight!  Perfect for a Family Night treat! … [Continue reading...]

{favorite fonts}

century gothic

 I have hundreds of fonts of my computer, and I use many of them, but there are a few that are my clear favorites--ones that I use over and over again. ..... This is my go-to font, and my overall favorite.  It's clean, simple, with just enough rounded lines to make it interesting.  I especially like it for any kind of labeling.  It came loaded on my computer when I bought it (Windows 7), so check to see if you already have it.  If you don't, it's a purchase-only font; you can't download it for free. ..... Similar to century gothic, but not quite as plain. It's a little bit thicker, so it works well for larger projects (vinyl in particular). Download it HERE. ..... Oh, … [Continue reading...]

{enough swings for everyone}

swing boys names logo

With five kids that all love to swing, there just isn't enough room on our play set to accommodate everyone--especially needing two baby swings.  So I came up with a plan. There are two trees in our yard spaced at what I thought would be the perfect distance apart for two baby swings.  My husband came up with this brilliant plan using a 4x4 post and some hardware to get them up. I really wanted to paint the wood (and probably distress it, lol) but my husband reallydidn't want me to. Okay, so I gave in on the painting part, but I still used vinyl.  :) I bought the bucket swings on amazon, and I {love} them.  My darling Henry is a big boy, and he was already too big for the … [Continue reading...]

{prayer rocks}


Prayer rocks have been around forever, but I had completely forgotten about them until last week, when I was reminded by my friend about how fun they could be.  It was perfect for our upcoming family night lesson on prayer, so I whipped up a few for my kids. It's placed on their pillow during the day, so they will be reminded to pray at night, then at night, it goes on the floor, so they'll step on it when they wake up and remember to pray.  I really love this idea, and I always have. I may have had a prayer rock before, but it certainly didn't have vinyl or mod podge on it.  :)  This is a really fast and easy project--also fun for things like girls' camp, activity days, … [Continue reading...]

{weekend recipe edition} frozen chocolate mousse squares


Consider yourself warned.  These are very, very dangerous to keep in the house for very long.  You will want to eat EVERY single one.  They are ridiculously good, and a certain crowd pleaser!Chocolate Mousse Squares12 Oreo cookies, crushed1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, melted2-8 oz. packages cream cheese1 can sweetened condensed milk4 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted1 c. thawed Cool WhipMIX crushed cookies and the butter in a foil-lined 9-inch square pan. Press firmly onto the bottom of pan to form crust.BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on lowspeed until creamy. Gradually add condensed milk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate. … [Continue reading...]