{happy flag day}

Jun
14
6

To celebrate Flag Day, I want to share with you some past favorites...Flag BlocksBeadboard FlagPainted Glass Window Flag I {love} this one by Stacie, over at The Creative Crate!   .....I LOVE flag decor, and I'm actually working on another one right now, and I might even have it done tonight!  … [Continue reading...]



{weekend recipe} salsa and black bean tacos

Jun
11
6

One of my family's favorite meals is Salsa and Black Bean Pasta.  It is so yummy, and super easy, so we have it pretty often.  This week though, we had already had a lot of pasta, and the kids were wanting something a little different.  I already had this planned for the menu, so I switched it up and turned it into a taco.  The kids loved it, and it's perfect for summer! With only 4 ingredients, it's super easy and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  Fresh Salsa and Black Bean Tacos1 lb. ground beef1 lb. fresh salsa 1 can black beans, drained and rinsedsalt and pepper to taste corn tortillas OR taco shellsIn a large skillet, brown the ground beef, … [Continue reading...]



{rose cake tutorial}

Jun
09
7

At a little birthday gathering last night, my friend showed up with THE most beautiful cake. It was covered with stunning pink roses, and I fell in love with it. I love to make layer cakes, and do quite often. I usually just do the swirly-type-frosting look, because  I don't really know what else to do, lol. My friend was kind enough to share the tutorial link with me, and I went to check it out right away.I am Baker shares this fabulously easy rose cake tutorial, and I can't wait to try it. Seriously {love}. … [Continue reading...]



{photography with lei} getting out of auto mode!

Jun
08
1

So here we are taking the big plunge into switching that dial from auto mode to manual.  Are you excited?!!!!!  I can hear you squealing!!!We've talked about lighting.  That's the first step in understanding exposure.  The mechanism in your camera that measures light is called aperture, and the process that occurs as light hits your lens your lens is that it passes through the shutter, arriving at a sensor (or film if you're old school!).  The camera's lens and shutter control the amount of light that hits that sensor, and that is why we set an aperture and a shutter speed.Aperture is referred to in f/stops.  A large opening signifies more light, while a … [Continue reading...]



{summer activity for kids…bowling!}

Jun
07
5

 It's summer!  School is out on Thursday, and I'm excited! Hooray for a break from the early morning routine...for a few months at least.  On the other hand, kids are home, and looking for things to do. I like getting out of the house every day, so we plan our week with plenty of activities to keep everyone happy and make it a really fun summer. One of our favorite things to do is go bowling, and with the unexpected heat wave that's come upon us this past week, we might be going even more often to escape the rising temperatures.I wanted to tell you about a really great program called Kids Bowl Free, and it's available all over the U.S. and Canada at participating bowling … [Continue reading...]



{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}

Jun
04
14

Welcome Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple!.....I love being organized! I could spend all day organizing something in my house! Some might classify my need to be organized a sickness, but I can't help how good it feels when I finish organizing something!I am not claiming to have an immaculate house where everything has a place- I am the first to admit I have piles of "things" and corners of items without a home. But I thought I would post these pictures of some of the things in my house that happen to be very organized- thanks to some handy vinyl labels and the makers of the IKEA plastic bins. Maybe it will inspire you to tackle that closet you haven't been able to walk in since you moved into … [Continue reading...]